|NEUMANN STANDS UP FOR EDUCATION EXCELLENCE
Gubernatorial candidate proposes action to boost performance; calls on GOP to take similar stance
|WAUKESHA, Wis. - Feb. 25, 2010 - With a goal of ensuring Wisconsin has the best-educated young people in the world, candidate for Governor Mark Neumann today unveiled a series of proposed education reforms and encouraged the Republican Party of Wisconsin to formally commit to education excellence.
Neumann sent a letter to RPW Chairman Reince Priebus urging him to focus on education in the party platform.
“Ultimately, the strength of Wisconsin’s education system is vitally important in spurring job growth and improving the economy,” Neumann said. “I ask my fellow Republicans to join me. As a state we must redouble our efforts to provide a world-class education to Wisconsin’s kids.”
Neumann’s commitment to education is grounded in personal experience. With an undergraduate degree in Math/Education and a Master’s Degree in Supervision and Instructional Leadership, Neumann has done post Master’s Degree work at UW Madison and taught four years in the public schools, as well as in the UW System and at a private college. He has also served on a private college’s board of regents, chairing thefinance committee for several years.
In addition, seven years ago Neumann and his wife Sue co-founded their first choice school in Milwaukee. Currently, four schools with nearly 1,000 students are being educated in the 501c3 not-for-profit organization, three of which are choice schools in Milwaukee.
Neumann said that as Governor, he would support the following:
“I am a strong supporter of the public schools and the University of Wisconsin System,” Neumann said. “As Governor my door will always be open to discuss ways that, together, we can improve education.”
Neumann also recognized that changes to the school finance system merit serious consideration.
“The complaint we hear is that more money is needed, but the reality is that too much money is being spent on other things and the kids are suffering as a result,” Neumann said. “We must take numerous factors into account, including teacher compensation, revenue limits, declining enrollment, high-cost busing and thegeneral school aid distribution formula.
“One cannot wave a magic wand and fix what ails Wisconsin schools,” Neumann added. “What we will do is commit ourselves to providing an education system that is a model for the nation and the world and stand up for that commitment every single day.”