Things you may have missed while you were at the State Convention

For those of you we attended the 98th State Education Convention, we thank you.  Here are a couple notable happenings you may have missed while you were in Milwaukee.

New Marquette University Law School Poll results were released.

Results of polling conducted January 16-20, 2019 included the following key findings related to K-12 public education :

  • Fifty-five percent of respondents prefer increasing spending on K-12 public schools, while 39 percent say they prefer reducing property taxes.

This is consistent with results of polling before the November 2018 election when 42 of 44 school construction (debt issuance) referenda (95.4 percent) were approved by district voters statewide and 35 of 38 referenda to exceed revenue limits (92.1 percent) were approved by district voters statewide.

  • Seventy-three percent of respondents support a major increase in state aid for special education with 20 percent opposed.

The poll reflects a  sample of 800 Wisconsin registered voters, interviewed by cell phone or landline, with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points.  See news release.

  Gov. Tony Evers gave his first State of the State Address.

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Evers highlighted his vision for the State.

Among other things, Evers said his budget will focus on:

  • Investing in education.
  • Returning to two-thirds funding for Wisconsin schools.
  • $600 million investment in special education funding.
  • Closing the achievement gap for low-income students and students of color.
  • Urban Initiatives to empower minority students by expanding early childhood education and summer school grant programs.
  • Increase support for low-income students to close the achievement gap.

Evers also said he plans to implement a “five-fold increase in mental health programs for K-12 students across the state.”  Evers emphasized that he doesn’t just want to provide mental health programming, but is recommitting to making access to “quality, affordable healthcare” a priority.

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