WASB statement on Gov. Evers’ state budget proposal

WASB Executive Director John Ashley issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Evers’ 2019-21 state budget proposal:

The WASB commends Gov. Tony Evers for proposing a state budget that includes a significant boost in state investment in our K-12 public schools as well as important reforms to our school funding formula. 

Additional and substantial state investments are critical to ensuring that our state’s 421 school districts can serve our 860,000 students appropriately and equitably.

The continued broad public support for greater investment in public education shown in statewide opinion surveys, the continued willingness of local voters to support school-related referenda, and the strong public interest in the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding all suggest that now is the time to make significant improvements in the way our state funds its public schools.

We thank Gov. Evers for prioritizing public education in his state budget proposal and pledge to work with him and the state Legislature to secure support for a final state budget that provides the critical resources our school districts need.