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Changes Ahead in WI Education

July 14, 2010

MADISON, Wis. - In an effort to obtain millions of dollars in grants in the "Race To The Top" program, Wisconsin officials have sent a plan for education reform to the federal government. Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, sees it as an opportunity for the state to say, 'We know our business, and we're willing to be responsible in a way for improving things, even in our most challenging schools.'

"In a state like Wisconsin, where education has basically been a very sound investment, and that the state has reaped the rewards, we now are committed in a new way, in a really refreshed way, to looking at those places where we really need to meet additional challenges."

Bell says the plan is designed to make a real difference in Wisconsin's schools, not just for one race but for the long run. She also supports State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers' most recent plan to revamp the way public schools are funded, calling it a step in the right direction.

Parents, teachers, and legislators will have to be involved in the plan to make it work, says Bell, along with the young people in public schools.

"Engage our students not just in learning what they need today, but in learning what they need to do to be successful citizens, community members; and successful in finding careers that support them, their families, and the state of Wisconsin."

Only a small number of states will get Race To The Top grants, which are expected to help schools struggling in the poor economy.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI