What does Wisconsin want from our education system for our children? We want a place for our children to learn and to develop cognitive and social skills. We need our children to develop character and become responsible citizens. But we also want our children to find their passion and purpose. Critical thinking, communication, and collaborative problem solving are skills actively taught and evaluated as part of the school day in pioneering programs. New ways of teaching and learning means many old ways must change. Resources are needed. Funding stability is critical. Wisconsin schools can innovate.
To get there, school leaders must be confident that they don’t have to worry about deep cuts in the next budget and we must fix the current school funding formula. This commitment is necessary to provide an equal opportunity education to every child.