After bolstering their majorities in both houses of the state legislature, GOP legislative leaders gave some glimpses into what may be their priorities for the next legislative session which begins in January. Molly Beck of the WI State Journal writes “Wisconsin Republicans could put more money toward schools” as part of that agenda:
“It’s about reform,” said (Senate Majority Leader Scott) Fitzgerald. “I think that’s what we’ve kind of demonstrated to the citizens of Wisconsin. … This Republican Legislature continues to tackle big things.”
Fitzgerald said that means lawmakers may look at putting more money into K-12 schools and the University of Wisconsin System — after cutting funding from them in previous budgets. But he didn’t offer specifics Wednesday. He said part of that is a shift in attitude toward school funding on the part of Gov. Scott Walker.
“When we took over back in 2011, we pushed bold reforms. They worked,” Walker said in a statement. “Since then, we gained seats in the Legislature in 2012, 2014, and now in 2016. Looking ahead, we will invest more to help every child succeed.”
Assembly Republicans had previously introduced their Forward Agenda included a plan to provide a tablet or laptop computer to every high school freshman in the state, regardless of their income or whether they attend a public, private or charter school. It also promoted exploring Education Savings Accounts, a new type of voucher program.
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