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Amber Lights Rule Will Make Getting On and Off the School Bus Safer PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 18 August 2016 13:51

school-bus-kidsRules requiring the use of amber lights to notify drivers that a school bus is slowing down to pick up or let children off the bus went into effect Tuesday.

Cuts to General School Aid Harmful to Wisconsin’s Future PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Sam Erickson   
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 16:18

teensOSHKOSH, WI – A recent Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo detailed that school districts serving students in Senate District 18 saw $14.5 million worth of cuts in general school aid since 2010. Additionally, nearly half of local school districts saw more than 10% of their general school aid funding cut.

mark-harris“This new memo shows yet again the misplaced budget priorities of Madison Republicans, who have repeatedly given millions in tax breaks for the wealthy while cutting K-12 general school aid," said Winnebago County Executive and State Senate Candidate Mark Harris in a statement released earlier today. "These cuts have resulted in serious challenges for our local schools and harmed the quality of education that our children receive.”

“We cannot continue to turn our backs on the futures of our children," said Harris. "As your next State Senator, I will fight to reinvest in local public school funding and restore Wisconsin’s reputation as a national leader in K-12 education.”

Public Education Cuts Damage Our Children’s Future PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Smith for Senate   
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:02

middle-school-studentsWisconsin’s public education system suffers around Waupaca as millionaires benefit.

WAUPACA, WI – A newly released Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo detailed that general public school aid has been cut by nearly $200 million statewide over the last six years. According to the memo, more than half of public school districts in Senate District 14 have seen at least 10% of their budget cut since 2010.

brian-smith“While Madison Republicans continue to expand irresponsible tax breaks for the wealthy and out-of-state corporations, K-12 funding has been cut below 2010 levels in nearly all of our local school districts,” said Waupaca Mayor and State Senate Candidate Brian Smith in a statement. “As a result of six years of significant Republican budget cuts, many of our K-12 schools have laid off teachers, increased class sizes, been forced to rely on local referendums, and struggled just to keep the lights on.”

The memo shows that school districts in Senate District 14 have seen a collective cut of $8.5 million since 2010.

“The school district that serves my hometown of Waupaca, where my children and grandchildren have attended school over the years, saw roughly 23% of their funding cut over the last six years. These public education cuts are simply irresponsible. In the State Senate, I will advocate for a comprehensive reinvestment in our public school system so that every child is ensured a bright future,” concluded Smith.


Brian Smith is running to represent the 14th Senate District in central Wisconsin. Residents can learn more about Brian at:

Public Education Cuts Leave Northern Schools Behind PDF Print E-mail
Written by Van Stippen for Senate, Matthew Rueth   
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 10:48

teaching-studentsRHINELANDER, WI – A recent memo from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau detailed exactly the extent of the cuts that northern public schools have had to endure. The memo showed that 32 of the 38 school districts in Wisconsin’s 12th State Senate District lost more than 10% of their general school aid since 2010.

“These negligent budget cuts have left our hardworking families behind,” said State Senate Candidate Bryan Van Stippen in a statement. “Over the last six years, Madison Republicans have siphoned millions of dollars into unaccountable Milwaukee voucher schools instead of helping our public schools thrive.”

bryan-van-stippenThe memo also details that general school aid has been cut by $24 million collectively across Senate District 12, accounting for roughly 11% of general school aid.

“My opponent, Senator Tom Tiffany, repeatedly voted towards $24 million in cuts for our public schools while favoring tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy. These misplaced budget priorities have left our public schools struggling to recruit the teachers needed to provide our children with the well-rounded education they deserve.”

“If elected, I will work to reverse these damaging cuts by restoring state support for our public schools and prioritize the futures of our children over tax breaks for millionaires. Our students, families, and communities deserve better,” Van Stippen concluded.


Bryan Van Stippen is running to represent the 12th Senate District in northern Wisconsin. Residents can learn more about Bryan at:

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