Evers launches ‘Tour for Change’ in closing days of campaign for governor


As the campaign for governor enters its last few days, Democratic candidate Tony Evers is touring the state in a school bus, outlining the sharp differences between himself and incumbent Scott Walker, who is well known for attacking public school educators and gutting funds for public education. Evers’ Tour for Change began Wednesday and continues through Monday, the day before the election. Below are scheduled bus tour stops as of Thursday, November 1.

Eau Claire:

W.R. Davies Student Center

77 Roosevelt Ave

Eau Claire, WI 54701

Thursday, November 1

Time: 12:15PM




Hop and Barrel

310 2nd St

Hudson, WI 54016

Thursday, November 1

Time: 2:45PM




Thirsty Pagan Brewing

1623 Broadway St

Superior, WI 54880

Thursday, November 1

Time: 6:45PM




Blue Wave Inn

2521 Lake Shore Dr W

Ashland, WI 54806

Thursday, November 1

Time: 9:15PM




Rhinelander Cafe + Pub

33 N Brown Street

Rhinelander, WI 54501

Friday, November 2

Time: 9:45AM




Marathon County Democratic Party

833 S 3rd Ave

Wausau, WI 54401

Friday, November 2

Time: 12:15PM



Stevens Point:

Location TBD

Friday, November 2




Winnebago County Democratic Party Office

480 N Main St

Oshkosh, WI 54901

Friday, November 2

Time: 4:15PM




Ryans on York

712 York St

Manitowoc, WI 54220

Friday, November 2

Time: 6:15PM



Green Bay:

Teamsters Local Union 662

1546 Main St

Green Bay, WI 54302

Saturday, November 3

Time: 8:45AM




Outagamie Democratic Party

Saturday, November 3

2701 N Oneida St

Appleton, WI 54911

Time: 11:30AM



Fond du Lac

Fond Du Lac Democratic Party

239 S. Main St

Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Saturday, November 3

Time: 1:15PM




The Hub

1611 Eastern Avenue

Plymouth, WI 53073

Saturday, November 3

Time: 2:45PM




Waukesha County Democratic Party Office

336 Wisconsin Ave

Waukesha, WI 53186

Saturday, November 3

Time: 5:15PM




Bay View Office

2999 S. Delaware Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53702

Saturday, November 3

Time: 7:45PM




Racine County Democratic Party office

507 6th Street

Racine, WI 53403

Sunday, November 4




UAW Local 72 Union Hall

3615 Washington Rd

Kenosha, WI 53144

Sunday, November 4

Time: 2:45PM




Coordinated Campaign southside office

725 W. Historic Mitchell Street

Milwaukee, WI 53204

Sunday, November 4

Time: 4:45PM




Location TBD

Monday, November 5

Time: 10:30AM




Janesville Coordinated Campaign Office

50 S Main St.

Janesville, WI 53545

Monday, November 5

Time: 11:45AM





Monday, November 5

Time: 1:15PM





Monday, November 5

Time: 4:45PM


National Education Support Professionals Day is November 14

National Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day is November 14, 2018!

Join WEAC, NEA and schools across the country as we recognize the amazing ESP who make a difference in the lives of students both in and out of the classroom.

Celebrate with us! Here are some ways you can show your appreciation for the ESP in your schools:

There’s only one education champion in Wisconsin’s race for governor, and that’s Tony Evers

The following article, written by Amanda Litvinov, originally appeared on the NEA website EducationVotes.org:

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has taken to calling himself a “pro-education governor” — a laughable claim to educators in the state.

Here are just a few reasons to question Walker’s commitment to education:

  • During Walker’s first five years, he cut state funding for K-12 schools by $1.2 billion. It was a devastating blow to the state’s public schools.
  • Walker has worked hard to expand the state’s voucher program. Like Betsy DeVos, Walker supports diverting scarce public school funding to private schools through such schemes. Vouchers have not been shown to significantly improve student performance, but they have been shown to undermine student civil rights.
  • Under Walker, public university funding was slashed by $250 million.
  • Walker stripped educators and other public workers of collective bargaining rights, despite public outcry. Unions bargain for better working conditions for educators, as well as students’ learning conditions.

Walker’s record could not be more dismal on education. Standing in sharp contrast is his opponent, a proven champion of public education.

Dr. Tony Evers has decades of experience in public education, serving first as a classroom teacher, then as principal and the state superintendent of public instruction.  Here are his plans and priorities:

  • Evers’ budget plan increases public school funding by $1.4 billion. It restores the state’s commitment to covering two-thirds of public education funding, and increases the state’s share of special education funding to 60 percent.
  • Evers will freeze the school voucher program as a first step toward its eventual phase-out.
  • He strongly supports: community schools that help meet the needs of students and families in the local community; expanding mental health services; increased funding for education support professionals.
  • Evers plans to place in statute requirements for teacher voice to be part of all education-related decision and policy-making initiatives.
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“We – and I – have been waiting for this day for a long, long time,” Evers said at an election rally in September. “We’re going to take back control of our schools.”

Evers earned the recommendation of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the state’s largest educator union. Members like Kay Hansen, a special needs paraeducator and WEAC member, are highly enthusiastic about the upcoming election.

“As a special education paraprofessional in a rural, northeastern Wisconsin school, I see firsthand how Scott Walker’s huge cuts to public schools have hurt my most vulnerable students,” said Hansen.

“Dr. Evers, on the other hand, is a teacher himself and has vowed to restore state funding for my special education students.”

Evers listens to the concerns of educators like Hansen for their students and their profession.

“Our educators are on the front lines of these challenges, so when they speak up about bad education policy, deteriorating schools, or the massive teacher exodus we’re facing, they’re doing right by our kids,” said Evers at a gathering of WEAC educators in September.

“They’re reminding us that education — like democracy — doesn’t come for free. It must be nurtured, sustained, and invested in over time.”

This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members.


Voucher program enrollment up 8.7 percent, cost soars to $302 million

Wisconsin Public Education Network graphic

Enrollment in Wisconsin’s three taxpayer-funded private school voucher programs rose 8.7 percent this year, while the cost soared 12.3 percent to $302 million, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Public Instruction.

Across the three programs (Milwaukee, Racine and statewide), 39,381 students received a voucher to attend one of the 279 participating private schools. That is an increase of 3,164 students and 43 schools compared to last school year.

The cost of the three programs combined is estimated at $302 million for the 2018-19 school year, which is an increase of about $33 million (12.3 percent) from the prior year.

For the 2018-19 school year, voucher payments are $7,754 per full-time equivalent in grades kindergarten through eight and $8,400 per FTE for students enrolled in grades nine through 12. That compares to $5,001 per student on average for public school students in  Wisconsin.

Enrollments in the three programs are:

  • The Milwaukee program enrolls 28,917 students in 129 participating private schools this year.
  • The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program enrolls 7,140 students in 213 private schools.
  • The Racine program enrolls 3,324 students in 26 participating private schools.

Read more from the Department of Public Instruction (pdf file).

State Superintendent Tony Evers: Fair Funding lifts all public school districts

A guest editorial by State Superintendent Tony Evers (distributed to all media)

Tony Evers

Creating a system of public education is one of the most critical duties each state has. How we accomplish that goal is a source of consistent debate and discussion. A discussion that revolves around how we regulate, manage, and importantly, how we distribute dollars that improve the lives of kids through teaching and learning.

In each of my five budget proposals, I have included a provision to overhaul our school funding formula. Our current system is overly complicated, does not account for the unique challenges of our students, and short-changes too many districts. My plan, Fair Funding for our Future, guarantees a minimum dollar amount for every student ($3,000), accounts for the impact of poverty on education, and brings transparency to the system by transferring tax credits that don’t go to schools into the fund that directly pays for education.

Change inevitably invites critics. Change to a complex system, even more so. Therefore, one of the things I prioritized in building this proposal is the idea that no district would receive fewer dollars in tax credits and aid than they did in the old system. My plan greatly benefits communities in the northern parts of the state that were otherwise on the outside of the old system looking in. For example, Tomahawk would see a 24.8 percent increase in overall dollars ($769,650) from the state, Rhinelander would see a 31.7 percent increase ($2,813,572), and Hayward would see a 54.2 percent increase ($2,106,806).

So take a look at our plan, and learn how it will impact your district at https://dpi.wi.gov/budget/funding-reform.