Gov. Evers believes what’s best for our kids is what’s best for our state, and he knows every kid in Wisconsin should have access to a high-quality public education and career opportunities that allow them to achieve their dreams. Having spent years as an educator in Wisconsin’s schools, Gov. Evers knows how important a quality education is, that’s why during his first term he brought both parties together to fund Wisconsin public schools at their highest level in nearly two decades and signed the largest increase in special education funding in a decade.
Today, Wisconsin schools have improved from 18th to the top 10 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report.
But Gov. Evers knows we can do even more to improve the quality of education in Wisconsin and create opportunities for every student to succeed. In his second term, the governor will continue to do the right thing for our kids by investing in our public schools, the UW-System, and job training programs to prepare every Wisconsinite for a brighter future.
In his second term, Gov. Evers will continue to support a quality education by:
- Increasing State Aid to Schools: Gov. Evers knows what’s best for our kids is what’s best for our state. That’s why he will work to increase state aid to schools, ensuring districts have sufficient resources to face the upcoming fiscal cliff, address rising costs, and encourage small class sizes. Sufficient funding from the state will also prevent property tax increases for Wisconsin families.
- Expanding Job Training and Apprenticeship Programs: College is a great option, but not always the best option for everyone. That’s why Gov. Evers will continue to invest in job training and apprenticeship programs that connect people with hands-on skills training for high-demand fields. Gov. Evers will also continue to support initiatives that help get parents connected with these programs across the state, ensuring that every student knows about the options available to them when they graduate high school.
- Improving Financial Literacy: When students graduate Wisconsin public schools, they should be prepared for success. That’s why Gov. Evers will expand financial literacy curricula in Wisconsin schools by making it available for every high school student before graduation.
- Investing in Mental Health Programming: Kids face mental health challenges, too, and it’s critical that they’re receiving the support they need to succeed in and out of the classroom. The governor will support long-term investments in his “Get Kids Ahead” initiative, which funds school-based mental health programming and staff in districts across the state.
- Increasing Investments in Special Education: Students learn in different ways, which is why Gov. Evers believes we must continue to prioritize investments in special education. Evers’ plan will direct a portion of the state’s surplus into additional special education staff and programming.
- Creating New Opportunities for Districts of All Sizes: Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed, regardless of where they live. That’s why Gov. Evers’ Urban Excellence Initiative would expand summer school, enhance early childhood education, and support community engagement to improve academic achievement. He’ll also continue to support Wisconsin’s rural school districts through sparsity aid and transportation funding to give rural communities the support they need to deliver high-quality education.