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Evers has no school plan

Empower Wisconsin | June 5, 2020

By M.D. Kittle 

MADISON — As Wisconsin’s K-12 students near the end of their locked-down, lost semester, Gov. Tony Evers and the state Department of Public Instruction have yet to come up with a plan for next fall. 

“Parents can’t wait until August to find out what’s going to happen,” said state Sen. Alberta Darling. “The governor has taken no leadership on this issue and that’s very disappointing because he used to be DPI superintendent.” 

The River Hills Republican is vice chairwoman of the Senate’s Education Committee. She said she’s heard nothing from Evers, his administration, or DPI about what public education will look like in the 2020-21 academic year. 

Will the state move to reopen schools or will it be the same kind of loose, virtual-learning environment that Darling and others say has left so many students behind? 

Health experts warn that, without a vaccine, a second wave of COVID-19 cases could hit peak levels in the fall or winter like we saw in April. If that’s the case, Darling said, Wisconsin will need a better statewide plan for remote learning. 

“Performance of our kids has been uneven all over the state. We’ll find the achievement gap is going to grow because there wasn’t a plan in place for online learning,” Darling said 

State Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), said her office has fielded a lot of calls from parents about what schools are going to do in the fall. She said the concern is second only to the debacle that is the Department of Workforce Development’s Unemployment Insurance claims system. 

“We are 2 1/2 months away from starting school and Gov. Evers has done nothing,” the lawmaker said. She said she’s heard from a number of single parents who say they can’t go through another extended period of “virtual schooling.”

“Getting kids back to school is the single-most important item for getting Wisconsin back to work,” she said. 

Darling agrees. She plans to meet with school superintendents and education leaders to put together a plan on restarting Wisconsin’s schools safely, just like communities have done to reopen business. The senator, a former teacher, also wants to come up with a plan to prepare for a better system of virtual classrooms. She pointed to examples elsewhere in the country that have been successful in reaching students. 

Darling said lawmakers and local education leaders will have to lead if Evers refuses to do so. 

“This can’t continue. The people of Wisconsin elected Tony Evers governor. He has to step up to the plate and provide leadership, or he has to be called on that,” she said. 

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9 thoughts on “Evers has no school plan

  • I have yet to hear any parent that had a positive experience working with primary grade students. Yet all of these kids have moved along to the next grade lacking the skills to succeed. No reason teachers could not develop a positive fulfilling learning experience. Teachers union will support Evers again paid to stay home while students pay the highest price

  • Wisconsin voted in Evers because they did not like Walker getting a third term. When voters don’t look at what a candidate’s accomplishments are and instead let hate control their vote, we will continue to get this type of official. When political originations can not find ways to work with others it is time for them to look into their hearts and see if what they are doing is for the best for all of us or just themselves.

  • It would be really nice if we could all understand that the pandemic was something that the “health professionals” blew all out of proportion as did some mayors and governors. Look at the states that didn’t close down. What do they plan to do? That, to me, would be a good starting point. Please let the children get back to not having fear and hugging their friends. Go back to school as usual, without fear, without masks, they only hinder oxygen intake anyway.

  • How he ever got elected to office I’ll never know, this is what you get from liberal government. If they open the schools then in person voting should also be safe – can’t have that. The Covid19 numbers are not accurate, how can they be when people test positive with no symptoms what so ever. There is so much more behind the action or in-action of liberal officials, never let a good crisis go to waste.

  • Governor goof couldn’t run education in the state so the left teachers union helped make him “idiot” in charge of the whole state. evers is the lefts best offering to Wisconsin.

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