As Governor Jim Doyle golfs and collects big checks from donors, school districts all around Wisconsin are working hard to find ways implement the cuts Doyle and the Committee on Joint Finance sent their way, while doing their best to preserve the quality of education. Here are some video news reports.
There was a time when the leaders of our state worked for progress, trying to improve conditions. Now we are stuck with the message that things are “not as bad as they could have been” and the only thing our leaders seem interested in improving are their golf swings and campaign coffers.
Both Madison Superintendent Dan Nerad and John Matthews of Madison Teachers Incorporated have very worthwhile things to say about comprehensive school finance reform in this clip. Watch it.
As Superintendent Jerry Kember points out, budget woes are nothing new to Wisconsin’s schools.
More bad news closer to home for the Wausau area (no video):
And more from elsewhere in the sate:
Even before the latest news from the state, it was impossible to keep up with all of the cuts and layoffs in districts throughout Wisconsin.
This has to end. Be part of putting a stop to this short-sighted madness, join the June 16 Walk on the Child’s Side 10th Anniversary March and Rally in Madison!
Thomas J. Mertz