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Public Education Leaders to Hold Press Conference on State K-12 Funding, Monday

Contact: Tim LeMonds
MMSD Public Information Office Ph (608) 228-3521
tjlemonds@madison.k12.wi.us

Public Education Leaders to Hold Press Conference on State K-12 Funding, Monday
Monday, a “Day of Action” to Object to Joint Finance Committee’s Biennial Budget Proposal

MADISON, WI – Students will join elected officials, education, community, and business leaders from around south central Wisconsin at a joint press conference this Monday, June 21, at 10:00 a.m., on the steps of the State Capitol, to kick off a statewide “Day of Action” in objection to the state’s proposed biennial K-12 funding. The budget proposal, if passed, would have long-lasting, detrimental effects on public education and Wisconsin students for years to come.

A long history of minimal increases to education has left Wisconsin nearly last in the nation when comparing education funding increases at the state level. This has forced school districts across our state to continually return to the local taxpayer to approve referendums simply to maintain current operating levels. A $0 per student increase on K-12 funding for the 2021-2023 Biennium State Budget, as was recently passed by the Joint Finance Committee, is not sufficient to support preK-12 education.

What: Press conference to raise awareness for the potential of long-lasting, detrimental impacts on the future of public education in Wisconsin, if the current K-12 budget proposal is passed

Who:     
Dr. Carlton Jenkins, Superintendent, MMSD
Whitman Bottari, Student, Senior (class of 2022), Madison East High School
Julianna Baldo, Student, (graduating class of 2021), Madison Memorial High School
Dave Hoekstra, Treasurer, Sun Prairie Area School District Board of Education
Gina Pagel, Spanish / Social Studies Teacher, Waunakee Community School District
Carol Carstensen, Former MMSD Board member, GRUMPS

When:  Monday, June 21 - 10:00 a.m. (press conference to include 25 minutes of speakers followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers)

Where: Steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol building (corner of W. Mifflin St. and N. Carrol St.)

Note:  Present at the news conference and providing media availability post program will be representatives from: Sun Prairie Area School District, Wisconsin Heights School District, Oregon School District, Monona Grove School District, Middleton Cross-Plains School District, Columbus School District, Lodi School District and representatives from the State Legislature.