I owe who I am today to Wisconsin’s public schools, and I am proud of where we stand. We have high graduation rates, suspensions are down, attendance is up, and the number of kids earning college credit in high school is at an all-time high.
But I don’t live in a bubble. We also have serious challenges. A larger share of our kids live in poverty, one in five students has a mental health need, and we have a growing teacher shortage furthered by negativity. Rural schools face declining enrollment and are struggling to keep the lights on. We have a broken funding system that does not fulfill the promise of lifting all kids up through education.