Editor: Two years ago, Gov. 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.
As an educator, 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.
This all starts with the state budget that is due to be released this month. With more than a billion dollars, we can make public education a priority once again. I urge you to contact your elected officials and tell them to use the state surplus for public schools and give Wisconsin's students the well-rounded, high-quality education we know will help them succeed.