Public education needs better funding

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Monday, June 4, 2012
This is among commentaries submitted to The Gazette from students at Janesville’s Craig and Parker high schools who did field studies in either Washington, D.C., or Madison in Advanced Placement U.S. government courses taught by Joe Van Rooy.

When you send your child off to kindergarten, you expect that child to receive a quality education over the next 13 years. How would you feel if you learned that your child wasn’t receiving this education from the public school he or she attends? This is the reality that many parents have started facing since Gov. Walker signed the 2011-13 biennial budget bill into law in June 2011.

This law cut $793 million from K-12 education and caused an immediate impact on districts across the state. Short-term effects from the act included larger class sizes, teachers losing their jobs and elective programs being cut. If more money isn’t distributed to public education, many long-term problems will arise, as well.

“Education is the base of a strong workforce,” said Betsy Kippers, vice president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council.

If we don’t invest more in our public school systems now, students will have a difficult time getting into college and finding jobs later on. This will eventually harm the future of Wisconsin’s workforce.

State funding for public education needs to be looked at, and if society no longer wants to support public education through taxes, another funding source needs to be found in order to give all students the best opportunity to get a quality education that will help them for the rest of their lives.

Said John Matthews of Madison Teachers Inc.: “You can’t provide quality education if you don’t invest in it.”

Last updated: 8:52 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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