Among the more generous
A private school tax break in the Wisconsin state budget is "the most generous in the nation."
Not anytime soon
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.
Indirect urging at best
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.
Much more to the story
"The vast majority of our public school students are receiving less state support than their private voucher peers."
Closer under old budget than new
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
Last guv gave them ability to tax for it
"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
Off by several grades
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."
The governor is among them
"Nearly a quarter of all adults in this state have some college credit without a degree."
Newly revised figures accurately quoted
Among Milwaukee Public Schools students, "86 percent are behind in reading and 80 percent are behind in math."
Not for everybody, but accurate in the aggregate
"Faculty salaries at UW System institutions have now fallen more than 18 percent below the national average."
On target, for public schools
"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."
Some truth in both parts of the claim
One Wisconsin Now
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."
Made some news out West
Says he first unveiled his new legislative agenda in Wisconsin, not in California as critics complain
Yes, if using Obama assumptions
Says Paul Ryan "wants to cut Pell Grant scholarships for nearly 10 million students."
Connection dubious; numbers off
We Are Wisconsin
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."
Raises limited, but school districts control pay
The salaries of Wisconsin’s best-educated public school teachers were "slashed" by Gov. Scott Walker through a recent administrative rule change.
Yes, but he also cautioned it might not be achieved in first budget
Says Gov. Scott Walker cut aid to local schools despite campaigning on trying to restore two-thirds state funding for education
The few others pale in comparison
Says Scott Walker enacted "the biggest cuts to education in our state’s history."
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