Statements about Education

The 2013-’15 state budget backed by Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers "left our technical colleges funded at 1989 levels."

"Minnesota is kicking butt relative to Wisconsin on everything from employment and job creation to school test scores, educated work force and a host of other factors and rankings"

On average, college students "are taking six years to get a four-year degree."  

A private school tax break in the Wisconsin state budget is "the most generous in the nation."

Under Republican-backed state budget, the state education agency estimates expansion of Wisconsin’s school voucher program "could cost nearly $2 billion annually"

University of Wisconsin System's reserves are in the "mid- to low-range" of comparable university systems.

Wisconsin education agency "urged white students to wear white wristbands ‘as a reminder about your (white) privilege.’ "    

"In 2012, 1 in 4 Wisconsin schools had a subpar score on the Department of Public Instruction’s recent report cards" and are "failing" the children they serve.

"The vast majority of our public school students are receiving less state support than their private voucher peers."  

Says that even if his budget is adopted, private schools in the choice program would be getting about half the per-pupil funds that public schools receive

"Under my predecessor, they cut funding for education, but they didn't give them anything in return to make up for that," leading to "less money" for school districts    

Under Gov. Scott Walker’s public-school budgets, "a student entering kindergarten will not enjoy the same state investment in his or her education as those that came before them until they are graduating from high school."  

"Nearly a quarter of all adults in this state have some college credit without a degree."  

Among Milwaukee Public Schools students, "86 percent are behind in reading and 80 percent are behind in math."  

"Faculty salaries at UW System institutions have now fallen more than 18 percent below the national average."

"One out of every four students fails to earn a high school diploma. In our major cities across America, half of our kids don’t graduate."

Says state schools superintendent candidate Don Pridemore "voted for the largest cuts to public education in our state history" and for "$2.3 billion in tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy."

Says he first unveiled his new legislative agenda in Wisconsin, not in California as critics complain  

Says Paul Ryan "wants to cut Pell Grant scholarships for nearly 10 million students."

Says Gov. Scott Walker "took away $1.6 billion from schools and handed it off as over $2 billion in tax breaks to the rich."

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