FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2011
Parents, Religious and Education Leaders Call for Balanced Approach in Budgeting for Public Education.
MADISON, Wis. – A broad coalition of parents, student advocates, religious leaders and educators has come together to call on the Wisconsin Legislature to take a more balanced approach to the state budget process.
To make their voices heard, the group’s members will hold a press conference that will detail how the budget will impact people from a wide variety of perspectives. The event will be held in the Senate Parlor of the State Capitol Building. WHAT: Press conference featuring parents, students, teachers and advocates, who will speak about how the state budget will impact them and their local schools and students. The event will also outline options the Legislature and governor should consider before making massive cuts to education.
- WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 10:30 a.m.
- WHERE: Senate Parlor, State Capitol Building, Madison
- WHO: The event will feature a number of speakers, including:
• MC: Julie Underwood is dean of the University of Wisconsin-
Madison School of Education
• Nancy Holmlund is president of WISDOM, a network of 145
congregations representing 17 denominations across Wisconsin that
work together to promote fairness and the common good
• Beth LaBell is a parent and member of the Paris Vote YES
Committee, a group that promotes the Paris School District
• Terri Raatz is mom to three little boys, the oldest of whom, Patrick, is
seven years old and has autism
• Jasmine Alinder is the founder of I Love My Public Schools, a group
of concerned Wisconsin parents who are fighting for the rights of
children to have a quality public education
• Danielle Barbian is a senior at Hamilton High School in Sussex and
president of the Wisconsin Association of School Councils
• Kim Hoffman is a music teacher at Stone Bank Elementary School in
Waukesha County and member of the Wisconsin National Guard
WHY: The proposed state budget includes over $1.7 billion in cuts to education over the next two years, while increasing spending over $600 million for corporate tax breaks and transportation projects. The result will mean program cuts, fewer opportunities for students and increased class sizes.
“Road Map to a Better Way” from The Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES).
Thursday April 21, Noon — On the Airwaves — WORT 89.9 FM.
I’ll be on A Public Affair with Allen Ruff discussing “the state of public education, the assault upon it and what we can do.” Listen and call in: 256-2001.
Thursday, April 28, 6:45-8:45: West High Roundtables Conversation
Thursday, April 28, 6:45-8:45, in the West High Cafenasium
Calling All Parents, Students, Teachers!
Excerpt from the April 2011 PTSO Regent Reporter article:
Our school, like every other school across our state, will
likely be confronted with some major changes in the near future. The
events of this school year at West have shown us the importance and
the power of joining together and sharing our voices, so that we can
all be heard.
Now, in the face of potentially drastic cutbacks, it is more crucial
than ever that we identify the issues, concerns and decisions that we
need to explore as a community, and then establish the lines of
communication through which we can all effectively contribute to the
decision-making process, which helps to ensure inclusive input of all
These issues will be the focus of our West Roundtables gathering,
scheduled for Thursday, April 28th, 6:45 p.m. in the Cafenasium.
We can be best prepared to protect the interest of our school by being
informed of the concerns and needs of all, and we can only accomplish
this if we have a system in place that facilitates a free exchange of
Please save the date Thursday, April 28th, to attend this important
Sponsored by West’s PTSO & the West Cares Group
Thomas J. Mertz