Educate All Students: Larry Miller's Blog

March 1, 2011

Walker’s Budget Cuts Will Devastate Public Education in Milwaukee and Around State

Filed under: Right Wing Agenda,Scott Walker — millerlf @ 10:26 pm

“The budget reduces school aid by $834 million over the biennium, a 7.9 percent reduction compared to the base year doubled. School district revenue limits are reduced by 5.5 percent in fiscal year 2011-12 and held flat in fiscal year 2012-13 to ensure that this cut does not result in property tax increases.

Reduce state aid by $250 million over the biennium to University of Wisconsin System institutions and University of Wisconsin-Madison to help address the state budget deficit. The reduction would be split equally between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin System.

In addition, we will expand choice and charter programs to insure that every kid gets a great education no matter what zip code they live in. We lift the cap on the number of students eligible to participate in the Milwaukee parental choice program and phase out the income eligibility limits. And across the state, we allow any University of Wisconsin system four‐year campus to create a charter school.”

If Walker is allowed to do this it will mean major hardship for all of Wisconsin’s kids, families and communities. But it will be especially devastating to impoverished students, the majority of students attending Milwaukee Public Schools. In Milwaukee it will lead to cuts in staffing, elective offerings, daytime and after school programs and result in closing or combining many schools.  Class sizes are already far beyond reasonable limits. This will lead to even larger class sizes.

To see the full text of Walker’s budget address go to:

http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/March11/0301/0301walkerbudgetaddresstext.pdf

To see the brief version (93+ pages) of Walker’s budget go to:

http://media.journalinteractive.com/documents/walker_budget_inbrief.pdf

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