WE BELIEVE THAT all of America's children deserve the right to a high-quality public education.
We are different kinds of people who all believe in public education – for many reasons. No need to pick just one!
- Parents, family members, neighbors, and teachers of public school kids
- Small business people and business leaders who need a smart, strong, educated workforce.
- Taxpayers who want our public dollars used wisely
- Public and private employees who believe a strong middle class makes America great – and must be protected.
- Citizens who understand our communities are safer, stronger and better places to live when our kids have a good education – and their teachers, support staff, custodians and cafeteria workers are paid and represented fairly.
What was that again?
WE BELIEVE THAT all of America's children deserve a right to a high-quality public education.
At a minimum, this includes reasonable class sizes, classroom assistants at the early childhood level, a certified librarian, a certified art teacher, and access to music and physical education/health instruction. We are asking for the same rights that ALL students should be afforded, under state guarantees like Wisconsin State Statutes 118.30(1g)(a) and 121.02(L). This position was reaffirmed in the Wisconsin Supreme Court 2000 majority position on school funding by Justice Patrick Crooks (Vincent v. Voight):
“We further hold that ... students have a fundamental right to an equal opportunity for a sound basic education. An equal opportunity for a sound basic education is one that will equip students for their roles as citizens and enable them to succeed economically and personally. The legislature has articulated a standard for equal opportunity for a sound basic education ... as the opportunity for students to be proficient in mathematics, science, reading and writing, geography, and history, and for them to receive instruction in the arts and music, vocational training, social sciences, health, physical education and foreign language, in accordance with their age and aptitude.”