Dem Governors Association: Scott Walker’s Career of Failing to Appreciate Teachers

Contact: Melissa Miller, 202-875-9188
miller@dga.net

As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day, Wisconsin voters are reminded of Governor Scott Walker’s long record of attacking teachers, cutting school funding, and hurting education and kids in the Badger State.

  • Governor Walker slashed school funding by $800 million and led attacks on teachers that cut their pay, despite his record giveaways to special interests.
  • Walker also slashed thousands of education jobs across the state, overburdening the teachers who remain with larger student-to-teacher ratios.
  • As many as 1 in 10 teachers are leaving the profession altogether each year since Governor Walker took office, leading not only to shortages, but to a less experienced workforce in Wisconsin’s schools.

And Wisconsin families know this: a poll late last year found that nearly half of Wisconsin voters think the state’s public schools have gotten worse during his time in office.

“Teachers deserve respect and appreciation, not just today but year-round, yet Governor Scott Walker has actually worked to make life harder for Wisconsin’s educators during his time in office,” said DGA Press Secretary Melissa Miller. “Wisconsin needs a Democratic governor to fight for teachers, their students, and improvements to the state’s public schools, not one who puts education on the chopping block to serve national political special interests.”

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