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Letter: Gov. Walker's budget abandons public education

8:42 AM, Feb. 25, 2013  |  Comments

Two years ago, Governor Walker and the state Legislature oversaw the largest combined cut to state education aid in Wisconsin history. Now, the state is projecting a $1.3 billion state surplus. We have the opportunity to fix a costly decision. We have the opportunity to reinvest in public schools.

I've seen the consequences of continued budget setbacks. I want to see a stop to the rising class sizes. Let's stop the cuts to math, science and English. Let's stop the elimination of world language, health and art classes. Instead, let's reverse the trend of continued referendums that have local taxpayers take on the burden when the state shifts its responsibility to fund education. Let's attract the best and brightest teachers.

As a parent of children who attended Oshkosh public schools, my taxes should be spent on public schools not private schools.

Walker has broken the back of public education and is now privatizing education in Wisconsin.

The call for more vouchers and privately run charters is an abandonment of public education.

If you care about your public schools, speak up. Now, before it's too late.

Katherine Spannbauer

Oshkosh

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