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Dane County Superintendents ask Governor Walker for consistent funding

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DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- The leaders of 16 Dane County school districts have sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker and state lawmakers, asking for a consistent flow of money for local schools.

The superintendents say they need a reliable funding plan.  The Governor's budget proposes to cut $150 per student in 2015, and then add $165 per student the following school year.

Middleton-Cross Plains district officials say that would mean $1 million less in funds this coming year, but $1 million more the following year, which is a challenge for balancing the budget.

"We need to have a plan that will allow us to maintain and improve our schools. We're all for accountability, but we need to be creating a system that allows for that accountability and consistency," says Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Superintendent, Don Johnson.

The superintendents supplied the Governor with a comprehensive list of standards, including: one assessment system, accountability and transparency, consistent funding, retaining excellent faculty and staff, teacher preparation, and taxpayer support of public education.

The letter concludes, "We call on Governor Walker, the legislature, and the voters of Wisconsin to be advocates FOR our children."

The following superintendents co-authored the statement:

Don Johnson - Middleton-Cross Plains

Randy Guttenberg - Waunakee

Brian Busler - Oregon

Michelle Jensen - Deerfield

Pam Yoder - Belleville

Barb Sramek - Marshall

Mark Elworthy - Wisconsin Heights

Dean Gorrell - Verona

Dan Olson - Monona Grove

Sue Borden - DeForest

Jerry Roth - Evansville

Dennis Pauli - Edgerton

Bernie Nikolay - Cambridge

Connie Schiestl - Waterloo

Deb Klein - Mt. Horeb

Tim Culver - Sun Prairie

Scott Brown - McFarland

Tim Onsager - Stoughton

Jen Cheatham - Madison

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