|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2011
CONTACT: Graeme Zielinski, WisDems Communications Director
(414) 364-1077 GraemeZ@wisdems.org
MADISON – Mere months after Scott Walker and his Republican Party rammed through their drastic budget that slashed $1.6 billion from public education, school districts all over Wisconsin are reporting that the “tools” Walker gave them to manage the devastating cuts are not working.
Last week, the results of the Department of Public Instruction’s survey of Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators found, among other troubling facts, that four in 10 students attend a district with higher class sizes in elementary grades, while seven of 10 students attend a district with fewer teachers. On top of that, four of every 10 students saw cuts in core courses – science, mathematics, English, and social studies.
This unfair budget has real consequences for our children, as the responses to the survey from around the state reveal:
“The numbers don’t lie. Scott Walker’s radical cuts to public education are limiting educational opportunities for our children,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Friday. “But Walker’s cuts are more than numbers. These cuts have real consequences, as we are now hearing right from the district administrators who have to make the tough choices Scott Walker would not. Our schools are suffering today and these cuts will come back to haunt our state tomorrow.”
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Authorized and Paid for by The Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Michael J. Tate, Chair