Green Bay has great public schools. They are innovative, current, vibrant and thriving. Our school district offers school choice, K through 12, and is aimed at preparing students for future local careers, technical school or college.
The graduation rate for students starting and finishing in the same high school is 95 percent. Our SAT and ACT scores are above state and national averages. Our schools and teachers are finding meaningful ways to help students who reflect societal problems such as hunger, poverty and language barriers.
The damaging label, "failing schools," based on a testing aberration is both inaccurate and unfair. Our schools are not failing. They are alive and well.
A democracy depends upon an educated electorate to function effectively. Traditionally, through public education, our country has successfully absorbed each generation of immigrants and has prepared citizens to deal with new problems and change.
Gov. Scott Walker's proposed $68 billion budget favors business with subsidies, grants and tax credits, but abandons public schools. There is zero funding for public schools.
What new business wants to settle in a state that does not support education for its children?