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Gov. Walker Talks Education Plans, Dems Bash Cuts


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker met with school superintendents to bolster support for his budget proposal Wednesday. 

The plan cuts school funding by 8 percent. Walker says the reduction is offset by teachers paying more for their benefits. 

The Governor believes Wisconsin schools are finally getting the treatment they deserve.

"School board officials all across the state have time and time again have been asking for relief from mandates from the state," Walker said during a press conference. "This budget document we propose for the next two years provides just that sort of relief."

This comes after the collective bargaining bill was approved last week. 

Walker adds that future school layoffs will be determined by merit and performance, not seniority.

But one Democratic lawmaker is bashing the slashing of funding for education.

Madison Representative Sondy Pope-Roberts says the Governor's budget goes too far.

"This is not good for schools," Pope-Roberts said. "It's a drastic proposal, it's draconian and it is certainly going to affect the quality of education."

Pope-Roberts points to policy items in the budget, such as lifting enrollment caps on virtual schools and easing restrictions on charter schools, as examples. She's also concerned that Governor's budget will clear the way for an explosion of private schools across Wisconsin. 

Pope-Roberts worries that will leave little accountability for the quality of education Wisconsin children receive.