Walker Touts More Pro-School Ideas At Education Conference

Friday, January 25th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

As we told you earlier today, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was speaking at an education conference today. Walker’s talk has some in the state thinking he’s turned a new leaf in his battle with education. Walker is now saying that state aid given to high-performing schools could be used to pay teachers in those districts their bonuses.

Walker discussed the idea Friday at the state education conference attended by teachers, administrators and others from across the state.

Walker drew the ire of teachers in 2011 after he made changes to their ability to collectively bargain and cut aid to schools. But on Friday,  Walker drew applause from some of those same detractors when he said his next budget would increase funding for public schools. He says even more money will be targeted to schools showing improvement or those already at a high level.

Teachers were a driving force behind the drive to recall Walker last year but he has since said that his goal is to mend some fences in the state.

Walker has other ideas on how the state can provide incentive to low-performing schools that have a plan to turn things around. That’s an idea that also has broad support.

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