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March 25, 2015 Senator Fred Risser – (608) 266-1627
Representative Chris Taylor – (608) 266-5342
Sen. Risser, Rep. Taylor and MMSD Superintendent Cheatham Held Budget Listening Session at Lapham Elementary
Madison – Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) and Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison) along with Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham will held a listening session yesterday on the proposed 2015 – 2017 state budget for the Department of Public Instruction at Lapham Elementary School.
“Strong public schools are essential to giving our kids the best possible chance at success as they grow. The Madison school district has made great strides to improve the achievement gap and the overall educational experience for Madison students. Madison schools stand to lose roughly $4.1 million in the Governor’s proposed budget. Our schools cannot sustain these continued cuts and unpredictable funding schemes,” said Risser.
Community members were invited to learn about how the proposed budget will affect Madison schools and share their thoughts about the proposed cut to K-12 public schools and the expansion of independent charter schools and the voucher program.
“Our children deserve a quality, public K-12 education. We should be investing in our public schools, instead of diverting funds to unaccountable, private voucher schools. Our children’s education is critical to our future economic success. How will we continue to have the second highest ACT scores in the country, if we continue to cut funding to our public schools? We all want to give our kids a bright future. Unfortunately, in his budget proposal, the Governor seems more interested in his presidential campaign than investing in our state and our children,” said Taylor.
Both legislators expressed serious concerns about the Governor’s budget proposal and how it will hurt public school children in Madison and across the state.