One teacher’s response to Governor Walker’s educational budget proposals

In a thoughtful and personal letter to the editor, originally published in the Stevens Point City Times, Stevens Point music teacher David Poffinbarger concludes: “I don’t believe that the people of Wisconsin whether they’re right, left or somewhere in the center want to weaken education in our state. Public education is a significant part of what has, traditionally, made Wisconsin’s quality of life so excellent. I hope that the people of Wisconsin will contact their state senators and assemblypersons and let them know that they want to keep public education strong in Wisconsin. Our children and grandchildren are counting on it!”

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‘We’re going to fight this, and we’re going to fight it hard.’

Nearly 400 concerned and committed parents, citizens, educators and supporters of public education came together in Milwaukee over the weekend for a Save Public Schools Community Strategy Session. The group focused on the devastating impact Governor Walker’s proposed state budget would have on public schools throughout the state, as well as proposals to turn over some Milwaukee public schools to private entities. “We’re going to fight this and we’re going to fight it hard,” said Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association Vice President Kim Schroeder.

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Republican Schultz attacks Walker budget, says state should ‘chuck’ voucher program

Retired State Senator Dale Schultz, a moderate Republican, accelerated his criticism of Republican policies on a public radio program Friday and attacked Governor Walker’s budget as mean-spirited, a race to the bottom and “an outrage,” and said it made his blood boil. He said if it was up to him, he would “zero out” money for private school vouchers and move that money back to public education.

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Walker’s budget proposal slams door to opportunity on Wisconsin students

A state budget proposal that slams the door to opportunity on students is an insult to Wisconsin’s education legacy, said the president of Wisconsin’s largest union of educators. “This budget is an insult to Wisconsin’s children and citizens,” said WEAC President Betsy Kippers.

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