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In an interview Monday, Gov. Scott Walker spoke about K-12 education issues heading into his campaign for reelection this fall. He also stated his goal of having Wisconsin lead the nation in high school graduation rate.
From the Wisconsin State Journal:
Gov. Scott Walker in his re-election bid is planning to “aggressively” stake a claim that is sure to draw fire from his biggest critics while speaking to a key issue for voters.
“I’m affirming the fact that I’m a pro-education governor,” Walker said in an interview Monday. “I’m going to continue to be a pro-education governor and build off of that.”
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
For Walker to meet his new goal, the state’s four-year graduation rate would need to increase by nearly 3 percentage points in four years — from its current level at 88.6% to surpass Iowa’s 91.3%.
By comparison, high school graduation rates in Wisconsin have increased by a similar amount over the course of Walker’s first two terms, according to Department of Public Instruction data.
Wisconsin’s graduation rate is currently tied for ninth place, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
The state also is often ranked as having the worst gap in academic achievement between black and white students in the country. Walker said Monday he would invest more in career-focused programs that seek to boost academic achievement among black students.
Walker also said that later this year he would release a set of recommended changes for Milwaukee Public Schools. He said he is still gathering input and hasn’t decided whether the changes would address the district’s finances or academics — or both — or whether the recommended changes would take place at the district level or be state-imposed.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Gov. Scott Walker sets goal of topping nation in high school grads in four years
Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker: ‘I’m a pro-education governor’