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Letter to the Editor:

We need to return to the time when the annual per pupil increase for public schools at least kept up with inflation, and the resources are there to do it. The budget currently on the table continues to strip more resources from public schools.

It wasn’t always that way. In 2010, a group of Republican legislators had the good sense to co-sponsor a bill that gave a per-pupil revenue boost of $275 to public schools. Assembly Bill 919 even mapped out a plan to raise state aid over time to the percentage it had been for decades. The bill was sponsored by current Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Joint Finance Committee co-chair John Nygren and other prominent Republicans.

So, what’s changed? The governor’s current education budget enjoys the support of most legislators in his party, including those who proposed a $275 per pupil increase a mere three years ago. Today’s budget gives $72 million to expand private vouchers, but provides absolutely no revenue limit increase for public schools.

Our policy makers need to show the same common-sense that led to AB 919’s birth in 2010. A $275 per-pupil increase in the revenue limit is a good down payment on putting desperately needed resources back into the classrooms they were taken from.

There is no better return on investment to taxpayers than public education. Strong public schools are critical to our children’s futures and key to economic recovery. We need to hold our elected representatives accountable for helping public schools succeed.

Tom Beebe

Program director for

Institute for Wisconsin’s


Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:16 PM


-14 #61 Frank Gabl 2013-08-21 15:04

Just more purposeful ignorance on your part that Common Core is more state led when it is a fact that Common Core turns "state led" education into a national government run entity the same as Obamacare.

Of which, you can spin but not disprove the facts of the matter.
+11 #60 2013-08-20 21:56
Frank, Romney has said little on the matter. Even in the article you posted he said ""You know, I think it's fine for people to lay out what they think core subjects might be and to suggest a pedagogy and being able to provide that learning to our kids," Common Core is more of a state program than a Fed one. Jeb Bush is a BIG proponent of common Core: “I don’t believe that Common Core is a federal initiative,” he said. “Forty–five states and the District of Columbia have signed on to this […] I don’t think it’s coercive. In the same interview Bush maintained that most GOP governors are on board with the Common Core, which makes sense, considering the key role that governors played in the initiative’s adoption.

Now what's your plan?
-29 #59 Frank Gabl 2013-07-13 20:24

How adorable! The L-word is making a comeback to the VCNR internet forum courtesy of its originator and the one who should be looking in a mirror while typing it!

Now I’m waiting for the T-word to reappear or something more from the Marco Rubio archives of your mind that'll really crack me up.

Now back to the issue at hand.

Like I said, John: If Barack Obama was not president there would be no nationalized and government controlled "Common Core State Standards Initiative". Period.

I swear, you just come up with whatever fabrications needed at the time just to say something no matter whether they’re based in fact or not.

During a presidential primary debate in 2011 Romney said, "Education has to be held at the local and state level, not at the federal level. We need to get the federal government out of education.”

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-29 #58 Frank Gabl 2013-07-13 20:20

Then in a September 2012 interview with Brian Williams: "You know, I think it's fine for people to lay out what they think core subjects might be and to suggest a pedagogy and being able to provide that learning to our kids," Romney said. "I don't subscribe to the idea of the federal government trying to push a common core on various states. It's one thing to put it out as a model and let people adopt it as they will, but to financially reward states based upon accepting the federal government's idea of a curriculum, I think, is a mistake. THE REASON I SAY THAT IS THAT THERE MAY BE A TIME WHEN THE GOVERNMENT HAS AN AGENDA THAT IT WANTS TO PROMOTE."

"And in the same interview he chided Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for pushing a 'national curriculum'."

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-22 #57 Frank Gabl 2013-07-13 20:15

Have you not figured out by now, that unlike others in your daily propaganda pumping, I refuse to let you get away with this type of garbage?

And to answer your secondary question of “what should we do about education in this country?” Let’s first start by eradicate the leftist indoctrination cancer that’s infiltrated the system that you support, simply by being a leftist - and go from there.
+17 #56 2013-07-12 16:33
There you go yet again Frank, lying. Romney himself said he wanted standards. The difference is if Romney was POTUS the Right would not say one word about it. It cmes down to the Right's obsession and derangement syndroe over Obama in the Whitehouse. I'll ask the same question again. What should we do about educatio in this country? Should we do what Europe and other countries do? Should we test, test, test? What?
-27 #55 Frank Gabl 2013-07-08 23:18

If Barack Obama was not president there would be no nationalized and government controlled "Common Core State Standards Initiative" written by a mob of Marxists at the direction of Barack Obama. Period.

You are the one who long ago "deflected" (your favorite world in the world) this debate away from by challenge to you to prove that Bill Ayers and his merry band of former nail bomb manufacturers were not involved in the writing and implementation of Common Core.

And, I answered your silly question about testing long ago. It's all the way back on page 5

and is irrelevant anyway because it is Arne Duncan and Bill Gates who are implementing the "high-stakes testing" not Republicans this time around.

My issue with Common Core is about government control.
+19 #54 2013-07-06 10:53
Frank, first off, why would I put anything of value on anything you write since it's almost entirely opinion and ideology slant? You rush off what your party has done and pushed over decades and attempt to put 100% on the Left when the facts say otherwise. You say that I my posts merely proves suggestions from the Right and nothing mor which right there proves you continue to deflect and avaoid facts put right in front of you. You now attempt to hang everything on Bill Gates and Arne Duncan? You still never answered the question on which group of people are for and have pushed testing and which have said for decades that standardized testing doesn't work. Care to post up maybe some Right Wing, pre common core quotes showing your side hates testing standards and doesn't think they work? If Obama wasn't president we would not hear one word about common core from you or the rest of the Right. It would be business as ususal with more testing standards.
-30 #53 Frank Gabl 2013-07-03 01:23
Gee John,

What a revelation you came up with all on your lonesome pertaining to that whopping 15% discretionary content the states will be allowed to add. Never mind that by agreeing to Common Core the state agrees to implement the standards “word for word” – it may not change anything – it may not delete anything. And just like Obamacare, once Obamacore is locked in place under government control all bets are off like with Obamacare.

But, if you had been paying attention you would had that old information long, long ago when I originally posted the videos at the end of my original letter from January in the first reference.

I suggest you get up to speed.
-28 #52 Frank Gabl 2013-07-03 01:20

Putting forth that what I have said is a “lie,” is in fact the lie that’s uttered by you. Your bogus PBS link does nothing but tell the public what federally written standards – written by all of the same actors - the particular state has decided to implement from the “government menu.”

And, if I were ever to insist for weeks that a mere “report” thirty years prior should be held accountable for the LEGISLATION proudly taken credit for by an administration 11 years later and of the opposite party – you’d be driving to my house with a van loaded full of protesters.

Yet the same goes for that nothing quote by Thompson in 1996, two years after Clinton signed standards based education into law, "We might get national standards eventually".

WHAT AN IDOTIC ARGUMENT – Now you’re basing the entire United States education system of today on six words spoken 17 years ago and a report from 30?????????

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