Dozens of Racine educators, students, parents and community members packed a school board meeting Monday night to demand a budget that supports all students and gives educators the tools they need to help students succeed.
“I realize public school districts across this state are in crisis mode,” said Racine Educators United President Angelina Cruz. “But I strongly believe in the collective power of educators and community to fight back for what’s best for kids.”
Cruz asked administrators and school board members to join all educators at the Capitol “to demand legislators stop playing politics with our kids.”
“It’s imperative we come together to debunk the myth that our kids are failing.” she said. “The state is failing our kids.
“We must stand together to demand that our public schools – the only schools with the commitment, capacity, and legal obligation to serve every child who walks through our doors – be fully funded; that the voucher program be ended; that something be done about the massive teacher exodus in Wisconsin; and to put an end to punitive legislation targeting urban districts.”
Cruz presented a petition with over 1,000 signatures from educators, parents, and community members calling on the school board to approve a budget that:
- Keeps cuts away from the classroom.
- Provides planning and prep time educators need to meet the needs of all students, rather than filling that time with meaningless meetings.
- Provides a sensible and competitive salary schedule and benefits package that attracts and retains the best and brightest public education workers.
“Our ask is simple,” she said: “Keep what’s best for kids at the center of all local budget decisions. Stop cuts in programming and supports that most directly impact student learning. Chop from the top.”