All Posts by Empower Wisconsin

Send the kids back to school

Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 17, 2020

By Sen. Chris Kapenga 

Kapenga

Even Dr. Fauci agrees. Our kids need to be back in school, and they need to come back now. We’ve heard the same important message from other groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. The consensus is that in-person classes are far and away best for our kids. Unfortunately, too many parents and students in Wisconsin are not even being allowed to decide what is best for their educational needs.

The damage is starting to mount with thousands of our kids missing more and more of the school year. The numbers show it, but you don’t need to hear about the data. As parents, as grandparents, as members of our community, you can see what is happening right away. Grades are starting to slip. Progress just doesn’t seem to be happening. Math, reading, and other core skills are taking a step back. Disadvantaged students are hurt even more by these shutdowns literally taking away valuable opportunities for advancement. Our achievement gap is one of the worst in the nation, and this can only make things worse.

All the while, research continues to indicate that schools are not meaningfully furthering community spread of the virus.

It begs the question why the self-proclaimed “education governor” hasn’t been more vocal about the issues facing our students. He has been radio silent on encouraging schools to be open. In fact, the governor recently proposed not administering any student assessment tests. This includes reading tests, ACT assessment, and the Forward Exam. Goveronor Evers also wants to prevent teacher evaluations and school district accountability reports.

The question needs to be asked why the governor is trying to avoid accountability for education results. Maybe he is trying to hide how much better in-person schools are performing. Maybe there are other forces at play here. One of them may be that teachers unions across the country and here in Wisconsin have been vocal opponents of in-person instruction.

School districts need encouragement to do what is right for our kids. That’s why I am calling on our schools to make the right decision for kids and return to in-person classes.

Sen. Chris Kapenga represents the 33rd Senate District, which covers most of central Waukesha County and Lake Country. He also is President-elect of the Wisconsin Senate. 

Listen to more:

Explore More
Biden’s Big Lie

Biden’s Big Lie

Empower Wisconsin | Aug. 18, 2022 President Joe Biden owns the Border Crisis, and left-wing mayor are now feeling the…

Read More »

August 18, 2022
Marquette Poll: Tight race for Wisconsin governor

Marquette Poll: Tight race for Wisconsin governor

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — With less than three months to go before the mid-terms, the race for Wisconsin governor…

Read More »

August 18, 2022
Taxpayers keep giving to Bucks in sweetheart concert venue deal

Taxpayers keep giving to Bucks in sweetheart concert venue deal

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — FPC Live is angling to land a sweetheart deal with the Milwaukee Bucks that would…

Read More »

August 18, 2022
Leave it to Evers: Tony turns his felon appointee loose

Leave it to Evers: Tony turns his felon appointee loose

Empower Wisconsin | Aug. 17, 2022 MADISON —  Gov. Tony Evers has decided it may not be in his re-election…

Read More »

August 17, 2022
Biden’s Manufacturing Reduction Act

Biden’s Manufacturing Reduction Act

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — The so-called Inflation Reduction Act signed into law Tuesday by Spender-in-Chief Joe Biden won’t reduce…

Read More »

August 17, 2022
All Woke Up: The failed paradise of DEI

All Woke Up: The failed paradise of DEI

Empower Wisconsin | Aug. 12, 2022 In Woke Land, every societal ill and transgression can be cured by three magic…

Read More »

August 17, 2022
Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.