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Walker Supports DeVos, Led Campaign To Fund Unaccountable Private Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:19

scott-walker-budget-talkWalker has walked away from Wisconsin's long commitment to strong public schools.

MADISON - Democrats know that a strong public education is the key to opening the doors of opportunity for millions of Wisconsinites. Unfortunately, under Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin has walked away from its commitment to strong public schools by making historic cuts to public education over the last six years all while shoveling millions to fund unaccountable private schools. This weekend, an investigation by the Associated Press revealed motivations for the Governor's destructive policy choices. 

betsy-devosAfter examining political contributions over a 10-year period by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and nearly 50 other individuals and married couples who gave large sums to advance unaccountable private schools funding over public school funding, nearly $1.5 million flooded Wisconsin since 2007. More than a third of the haul went to Gov. Scott Walker. 

According to the Associated Press, Gov. Walker received $512,000 since his first run for governor in 2010. The report also found that the DeVos family donated $731,250 to politicians and political groups in Wisconsin - the third highest total for all states. 

"Democrats believe that Wisconsinites should determine how their schools are funded - not out-of-state corporate tycoons looking to line their own pockets," Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby said on Monday. "For six years, Gov. Walker has come up with excuse after excuse for making historic cuts to public education, but the latest report from the Associated Press is further evidence that his education policy choices were actually dictated by millionaires and billionaires outside of Wisconsin. If we want to ensure that every child has the chance to go to a great school, with great teachers, and with the programs and tools they need to succeed we need Democratic leadership that will ensure that Wisconsinites determine the future of our education system." 

Read the report from the Associated Press here.

Holtz Used Whitnall School Resources, Time On Campaign PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tony Evers for State Superintendent, Amanda Brink   
Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:21

lowell-holtzThen Superintendent Lowell Holtz composed emails during the work day at the Whitnall School District to solicit campaign contributions and support from high level Republican political donors.

MADISON - News reports broke Saturday that while he was Superintendent of Whitnall School District, Lowell Holtz, used his tax-payer funded work day and school resources to compose emails to benefit his campaign. Dated May 25th, 2016, the email includes references to American Majority, Milwaukee Republican Caucus, Tommy Thompson, Governor Walker, Robin Vos, Scott Fitzgerald and Don Pridemore. 

The last two weeks have uncovered a lot about Lowell Holtz. First - he has completely reversed his position on allowing school districts to adopt their own curriculum standards. Followed by Holtz plotting with unnamed business leaders to seize control of Wisconsin’s 5 largest school districts, and pay himself a $150,000 salary in the process. 

Now we learn that while he was superintendent, Holtz was using tax-payer funded school resources and time to solicit campaign contributions and support from high level Republican donors.

It is clear that voters can’t trust Lowell Holtz to provide them with the full story. I’m almost afraid to ask: what will we find out next?

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 February 2017 11:09
Laura McCoy is Running for Green Bay School Board PDF Print E-mail
Written by Laura McCoy, Green Bay   
Thursday, 23 February 2017 10:56

Laura McCoyLaura supports teacher retention, amplifying the important link between our local economy and good public schools, and changing the negative narrative we hear so often with respect to our schools and the teachers and staff who work in them.

GREEN BAY, WI - Our family is proud to have lived and worked in Green Bay for almost 18 years.

kidsFor many of those years I focused on raising our two daughters, but I have also served my community as a board member of our neighborhood association, the Brown County Historical Society, and the Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization (NEWDO). I am also proud to have been appointed by the governor to serve on the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board.

I am a graduate of New London Senior High and UW-Whitewater. As each year passes, I become more aware of the role those public schools played in shaping who I am today. I believe that supporting strong public schools and the dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff who lead them is essential to the well-being of our families, our communities and our economy.

Our daughters are proud graduates of Aldo Leopold Community School and Green Bay East (Go Red Devils!). We are thankful for the excellent education and guidance they received in the Green Bay Area Public School District.

I look forward to the opportunity to give back to our community and contribute to its long tradition of strong public education by serving as a Trustee on the Green Bay School Board. Election Day is April 4, and I hope I can count on your support.

I invite you to share your thoughts and ideas with me.

Laura McCoy
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