Yet more bad news from Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, as the Oshkosh school district is facing school closing if a funding referendum fails. The additional funding via referendum is being requested because of continued cuts to state funding to the district thanks to Republicans in the Legislature and Gov. Walker.
The Oshkosh Area School District says failing to pass a referendum in April could lead to closing three schools; eliminating dozens of staff members in the classroom, maintenance and administration; combining high school sports teams; eliminating some elective classes; and increasing teachers’ workloads.
“We simply couldn’t continue to offer quite a number of elective classes from world’s languages, to certain areas within sciences, in business ed, whole departments would probably collapse as their numbers wouldn’t hold, or justify operation,” said Superintendent Stan Mack.
The school district is asking voters to let it exceed its revenue cap by $4 million a year for the next seven years. It says the district’s budget is under “continued pressure… due to inadequate state funding that does not keep up with inflation nor increasing educational costs.”
Stories like this are the direct result of the Republican infatuation with tax cuts and their irrational hatred of the public education system.