Written by Tony Evers for State Superintendent, Amanda Brink
Saturday, 07 January 2017 12:18
We need a full-time, dedicated person, not a part-time consultant, whose concern is the kids says State Superintendent.
MADISON - In Wisconsin, January 5, 2017 news reports showed State Superintendent candidate John Humphries had resigned from his full-time position; however, on the same day, he received a $650/day contract as a consultant by the same district. The school district approved his resignation and hired his consulting company in the same December 12th meeting.
Humphries is listed on the district’s website as the Director of Pupil Services/School Psychologist.
“Our concern is for the kids in the school district," said Tony Evers' campaign manager, Amanda Brink. "They need a full-time, dedicated person, not a part-time consultant. Now more than ever, we need to make a concerted effort to put every dollar we can afford into the resources our kids need to excel. In talking with school leaders across Wisconsin who faced these tragedies first hand, Tony has heard clearly that our frontline staff need more support and resources to address mental health and substance abuse issues."
Recently Tony Evers requested $6 million in additional funds to expand mental health services for students across Wisconsin. Tony Evers proposal includes $3 million that would help schools hire more social workers.”
Melcher says he is the only candidate who will strengthen the heart of our communities by building relationships to ensure our shared values about education are represented in Madison.
MADISON - Rick Melcher is unique among the candidates for Wisconsin’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction. A dedicated, committed educator who has worked in both rural and urban communities for 25 years, Rick knows that education is not a partisan issue, it is a moral issue. Rick stands in stark contrast to his political establishment opponents who have clear partisan ties and ideological agendas they will impose on Wisconsin schools.
Rick will travel the state to listen to people and their ideas, hopes, dreams, and concerns about their local schools. “When I am your State Superintendent, we will provide for engaged support of local schools and those who are closest to the students. Communities should be listened to and empowered to do what is needed for the unique needs of students.” His campaign is the first step to restore Wisconsin’s role as a leader in educating for everyone’s future prosperity – not just a select few.
“We must get partisan politics out of schools,” Melcher said. “Education happens in the classroom, and it’s about relationships - relationships among students, teachers, parents and communities. The best ideas for improving education will grow out of those relationships. They don’t come from think tanks and political parties. Partisan power grabs by establishment politicians are destroying community schools in Wisconsin.”
“My campaign is focused on the values we teach our kids regarding our local schools. If one child in Wisconsin is denied educational opportunities, or is unable to pursue their dreams because of partisan politics, we are failing in our responsibility to them and the future. As your State Superintendent, I will:
actively engage communities to protect our investment in public education, and empower our future citizens through public education.”
ensure that we live up to our responsibility for the future and our community schools – where our children learn what is necessary to be citizens in a democracy”
actively engage communities to protect our public schools from greedy political self-interests, and ensure that our shared community values about public education are represented in our state government.”
Wisconsin is a place where we always look out for each other in our families and communities. We live by the Golden Rule, to care for others as ourselves. My campaign is about ensuring that idea is alive and well in local schools all across Wisconsin.
Plan could poise a new school choice vehicle, which typically takes money that would otherwise go to public schools.
MADISON - According to the Wisconsin State Journal Thursday, Wisconsin parents could pay for K-12 school expenses — including tuition at private schools — with a taxpayer-funded savings account under a program Assembly Republicans are considering.
What’s known as Education Savings Accounts would be set up for parents to pay for tuition, textbooks and tutoring, according to a proposal in the Assembly Republican caucus agenda for 2017, released last month.
The accounts — dubbed the next generation of school vouchers by education policy experts — would add an option for Wisconsin parents, who already have a variety of alternatives to their designated public school, including open enrollment to other public schools, voucher-assisted private schools and independent charter schools.
Critics say the accounts represent the latest attempt to erode public schools.
The use of the education accounts in five states — Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee — offer clues about how they might work here if lawmakers pursue the idea.
In general, parents of eligible children receive several thousand dollars from the state to pay educational expenses. Parents can use the money to pay for tuition at private schools, books, tutoring or other costs, including in some cases extracurricular activities. In some states, any leftover funds can be saved for college.
Hunter Railey, a policy researcher for the Education Commission of the States, said in the states where ESA programs exist, parents can’t use the money to send children to a different public school district.
Public school advocates characterized the accounts as similar to a school voucher, which typically takes money that would otherwise go to public schools as students leave the schools to attend private schools.