According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Walker will propose cutting statewide funding for school aid by about $1 billion for next year, about 15% of the current amount. Milwaukee Public Schools are already expecting almost $100 million less in federal aid and other grants, largely because of the end of two years of federal economic stimulus funding. Walker is also considering refusing federal Title 1 aid for low-income students, which brings tens of millions of dollars each year to Milwaukee Public Schools.
I was supposed to post today about writing picture books, but that post can wait. Thursday morning, I visited second and third graders in a school that is already losing five teachers next year. Thursday afternoon, I went to Madison.
|Protesters gathered outside the Wisconsin state capitol . . .|
|including firefighters and police officers.|
|Supporters from across the country . . .|
|packed the capitol . . .|
|chanting and cheering . . .|
|showing democracy in action.|
I hope that state leaders can resolve this difficult issue without sacrificing workers' rights or our children's education. Because I believe that education is not only a basic right but a critical key to success and even survival, I intend to keep speaking out. You can read more about the Wisconsin budget protests here:
- Democrats flee state to avoid vote on budget bill
- Tuition would jump under proposed UW-Madison separation
- Budget repair bill
- State budget protest photos
JoAnn Early Macken