Republican state budget ‘slaps public education clearly in the face,’ Wausau teacher says

The Wisconsin Legislature is clearly not committed to fully funding Wisconsin public schools, Wausau teacher Jeff Berkley says. As part of a series of radio interviews focusing on public education in Wisconsin, Berkley – who is president of the Wausau Education Association – says Republicans who control the Legislature are more committed to private voucher schools.

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River Falls superintendent says state budget will have ‘significant and lasting negative implications’ for public schools

In an open letter to the community River Falls School District Superintendent Jamie Benson says “the future of our children” is at risk and is asking residents to voice their opposition to a long list of items now being debated by the State Legislature. “The current state budget and related legislative proposals would have significant and lasting negative implications for the School District of River Falls and all public schools in the state of Wisconsin,” he writes.

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Day of Action for Public Education is June 8

Activities are being planned in many locations for a Day of Action for Public Education on Monday, June 8. Key events include a Pep Rally for Public Schools in Sun Prairie and an I Love My Public School Rally in Green Bay. Activities are being considered in other locations as well.

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Taxpayers have no voice in private charter schools, Green Bay teacher Lori Cathey says

The proposed expansion of taxpayer-funded private charter schools leaves taxpayers with no voice. That was the message from Green Bay Education Association President Lori Cathey, who was interviewed by Fox 11 in Green Bay. She noted that democratically elected school boards set policy and are held accountable for public schools. Students in public schools have to take specific tests, and the schools must report attendance and results to the Department of Public Instruction. “And the taxpayers can always go to the school board and say, ‘what’s going on here?’ That won’t be the case in private charter schools,” Cathey said.

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