Choices for Parents
Charter schools were developed to give educators, parents and students the flexibility they need to move public education forward. Traditional schools may be a great choice for some students but in today’s environment the one-size-fits-all model is no longer optimal.
There can be no doubt that online learning presents the greatest opportunity to take education to the next level for all Americans. Access to specialized instruction that was out of reach 10 years ago is now only a click of the mouse away. We must allow technology and education to come together.
The School Choice program has allowed tens of thousands of families to escape the certain disastrous outcome of a failing school system. In addition, the competition has forced districts like the Milwaukee Public School System (MPS) to improve their performance. Choice schools receive less than $7000 per student while MPS schools receive over $14,000 per student.
We must offer our students the option of developing skills needed for trades such as welding and plumbing, as well as computer-operated manufacturing.
It’s my goal to significantly reduce paperwork and redundancy in my first six months in office.
The “educrats” in Madison have created layer after layer of bureaucracy in the Wisconsin school system and then diverted millions of dollars away from the classroom to pay for it.
It is time to get the power and the money out of Madison and back to the local schools. We spend over 500 million dollars per year on special programs. School districts should be allowed to spend that money where they decide it would be most beneficial.
School Boards, administrators and teachers need to be held accountable for the product they produce. We need to empower local school boards with the tools to efficiently staff, evaluate and compensate quality educators and support staff.
Parents, local officials and other community leaders must work with their local school boards to assure the best possible outcome for Wisconsin’s children.
Protection for Kids
“School boards should be given the freedom to hire or allow a competent, well trained school official or employee who is experienced with returning force whenever force is required.” Police officers, either retired or still on duty, who are trained to respond to school safety situations are the best example of such a qualified person.
Local, county and state leaders must place school safety at the top of their priority list when it comes to the protection of our school children. Law Enforcement must dedicate more resources to school safety, possibly providing input to contractors when school building renovations or designs are under consideration, if requested.
Parents must be encouraged to take a more active role in the education and safety of their children. School safety must be a topic of discussion for any PTA or like minded organization and should also be discussed during parent orientation. Recognizing when a son or daughter may have issues and that help is as close by as their school, could be very reassuring. Knowledge and recognition may go a long way in preventing a tragedy from occurring in your hometown, including teen suicide, where Wisconsin ranks an alarming fifth in the country.
Local Business Leaders
Local businesses can be a great source of funding for local activities for children and schools. Businesses are finding ways to create partnerships that are proving to be beneficial for local businesses, school districts and their students. Let’s not get in their way!