Her efforts to move significant school funding reform forward are recognized. As one longtime Capitol observer noted: “State Senator Kathleen Vinehout offered some of the most compelling testimony I’ve ever witnessed this past November before the Wisconsin Senate Education Committee. … Her no nonsense, “get ‘er done” plaint to the committee was direct, compelling and simple. Unfortunately, no one in a leadership position is prepared to listen …”

The School Administrators Association, a statewide alliance of 3,000 school administrators gave Kathleen its 2010 Legislator of the Year Award calling her, “A tireless advocate for school finance reform, she clearly understands the challenges facing Wisconsin school administrators.  But, what’s most important, she follows that understanding with action.  In 2009-10, no state legislator had a greater positive impact on Wisconsin schools than Kathleen Vinehout.”

As one superintendent wrote to Kathleen, “I just want to thank you for your work … I think you put it very well when you said it will not solve the problem, but it will help. Every little bit helps and while major reform would be nice, I understand that in the real world, progress is made in small steps forward, not in sweeping changes.”