Gov. Evers joins staff at MPS to welcome back elementary schoolers and announces plans for 2023-25 education budget
At The Academy of Accelerated Learning, teachers and local leaders rolled out the red carpet to welcome them back. With cow bells and pom poms, they brought the excitement ahead of the first bell of the year.
For the start of school, masks were optional for all MPS students. That's based on the CDC's data. The district will continue to monitor the data, and the mask policy will be changed when necessary.
Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley said it's an improvement over the last couple of years.
"We have learned so much about the pandemic and things we can do to stay safe, and I think we know we can keep school doors open," said Dr. Posley.
Governor Evers was among local leaders at the kick off event. After classes were back in session, he announced his K-12 education plan in the library.
"This is approximately a $2 billion investment in our kids' education and futures. With a projected $5 billion surplus we can make these meaningful investments in our kids and schools without having to raise property taxes," said Gov. Evers.
That $2 billion dollars would come from the state's surplus.
The governors proposal would only matter if he is re-elected.
In it, he says $10 million dollars would be spent annual to improve reading and literacy, $5 million would go towards financial literacy for children, and 240 million would fun additional mental health aid. The Governor also plans to spend 75 million to meet staffing needs in schools.
Tim Michels responded to Evers education plan announcement with this announcement:
“While it is nice Governor Evers is again following my lead in focusing on literacy, his plan for education is the same as it always is. More money and more bureaucracy. The tired, old Evers approach has not worked. He’s spent his career in education and our schools keep getting worse, especially MPS. I will get Wisconsin headed in the right direction. I will empower parents with greater access to information and more options for their kids. The decades of decline at MPS and elsewhere will end. All schools will be better after just four years. Evers has failed for four decades. His time is up.”