MADISON, Wis. — Yesterday, during stops in Milwaukee, Chilton, Stevens Point, and Holmen, Gov. Tony Evers announced that he has delivered on his promise to invest $110 million in federal funds to Wisconsin’s school districts.
That’s a $133.72 increase in per pupil funding delivered directly to every single school district in Wisconsin. This funding will allow schools to hire additional educators and staff, provide more educational and extracurricular opportunities, invest in mental health supports, buy art supplies or computers, or keep the lights on — whatever each school needs to do what’s best for our kids.
For Gov. Evers, a strong education system is the key foundation for a vibrant Wisconsin. A former science teacher, principal, district superintendent, and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Gov. Evers has long said that what’s best for our kids is what’s best for our state.
Gov. Evers’ student-first education policies stand in stark contrast to Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch’s radical cuts to education. During his first term, Gov. Evers has increased funding for public schools, stood with teachers and students throughout the pandemic while Republican legislators sat out of session for 300 days, and supported Wisconsin’s vibrant universities and technical colleges.
Gov. Evers continues to clean up the previous administration’s neglect of Wisconsin public schools. In 2011, Walker and Kleefisch passed a budget that cut public education funding by $800 million, and in 2015, their budget failed to increase K-12 funding and slashed the University of Wisconsin’s funding by $250 million. Walker and Kleefisch also supported legislation that attacked educators and led to a historic teacher shortage.
See below for a roundup of coverage on Gov. Evers delivering on his promises.
Wisconsin Examiner: Gov. Evers announces $110 million for Wisconsin schools
Wisconsin State Journal: Madison School District to receive more than $3.5 million in federal funds