Congratulations to the School District of Whitefish Bay!
the district as the best in Wisconsin. Their rankings included test scores, parent and student reviews, and many other statistics. Whitefish Bay wasn't the only school district in our area receiving high marks. Mequon-Thiensville (#4), Hamilton (#14), Menomonee Falls (#20), and Grafton (#27) were ranked in the top 30.
Speaking of schools, you may have heard some half-truths and misleading statements about education funding in our state. Here's the truth.
In 2010, Democrats left us with a mess. We had to fill a massive budget deficit and jobs were fleeing the state. Instead of raising taxes, laying off workers, or shutting down state parks, we rolled up our sleeves and balanced the budget without raising taxes. We passed a major change in how schools are funded called Act 10 - and it worked.
Two main goals of Act 10 were to save taxpayers’ money and give local control to schools. Act 10 gave flexibility to school districts facing tough budgeting challenges. This additional power given to school districts prevented mass layoffs for teachers during difficult times and has saved taxpayers $5 billion since its enactment.
In this last session, we delivered the largest, real dollar investment in K-12 education in state history - $11.5 billion!
The truth is, education is a top priority for Republicans. We have worked very hard to make an investment in our schools and lower your property tax bill. In fact, the property tax bill on a median value home is less now than it was in 2010!
Don't believe the scare tactics. Education is a crucial part of growing our economy. We are working hard to make sure our kids are ready for the jobs of tomorrow.
As always, if you have any concerns or ideas on how to improve our great state, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 608-266-5830 or by email at