Lawmakers react to Gov. Walker's education announcement
Governor Scott Walker wants to give $129 million to public
schools as part of his new budget.
Walker made the announcement on Sunday. His plan also offers
incentives that can be used for teacher bonuses.
The governor plans to increase funding for the University of Wisconsin system, and technical
colleges. This comes two years after their budgets were cut.
Democratic State Representative Mandy Wright weighed in on
"I am disappointed," said State Rep. Mandy Wright.
"I know that the Governor keeps saying that education is a priority, and
I'm glad that he says that, but I would like to see more weight behind what
Some Republican lawmakers also responded to the
announcement, saying they're glad education is receiving funding in this
"I'm glad there is something for school
aids," said State Sen. Rob Cowles. (R)District 2. "Would I like it to be a little bit
more? Yes, I would."
The 1% increase in aid to schools Walker is proposing comes after he cut aid by
more than 8% in the first year of the last budget. The $129 million for public
schools is part of more than $400 million for education that Governor Walker
will present in his budget address on Wednesday.