First says officers have a “negative” effect, now supports raising taxes to fund more
September 5, 2018
[Madison, WI] — Scott Walker takes our children’s safety seriously – that’s why he introduced and signed a $100 million school safety grant that helps districts throughout Wisconsin with training and resources to keep our schools secure. However, when it comes to keeping our schools safe, his opponent Tony Evers is talking out of both sides of his mouth. Evers told national special interests he wants police officers out of schools then switched his position telling local Democrats he wants to raise taxes to pay for more police officers in schools. Which is it, Tony?
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Scott Walker, Tony Evers spar over school safety, resource officers
September 1, 2018
As education issues continue to take center stage in Wisconsin’s gubernatorial contest, Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign is accusing Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers of flip-flopping on his support for school resource officers.
In the days after the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, both Walker and Evers introduced plans aimed at making schools safer for students and faculty throughout Wisconsin.
Under the Walker plan, the Office of School Safety has administered a one-time $100 million grant program to be used for building upgrades or staff training. Applications were due on Thursday for the second round of grants, with about half the money set aside still available to fund mental health training for teachers and staff, additional facility upgrades and the creation of School Safety Intervention Teams.
Campaign representatives pointed to a report released last year by the Council of Chief State School Officers, a national group over which Evers has served as president and past president. He held the position of past president when the report, titled “Leading for Equity: Opportunities for State Education Chiefs,” was released.
In one section, the report discusses trade-offs that might be necessary in order to meet equity goals.
“For example, funding programs for disadvantaged students may require hiring fewer school officers/security guards, whose benefits are outweighed by a negative influence on school culture and equity, and disproportionate consequences for students of color, and instead dedicate those resources toward hiring school counselors, mental and behavioral health workers, and nurses,” the report reads.
Walker campaign aides argue that recommendation contradicts a position Evers has taken during his campaign for governor. He told the Wisconsin State Journal in March that he supports allowing districts to exceed their revenue limits to fund school safety officers and facility improvements, as stated in his school safety plan.
“Tony Evers is telling national special interests police officers are bad on the one hand, then saying he’ll raise taxes to fund more officers on the other — either way, he’s showing he’ll side with the far left of the Democrat party over Wisconsin families,” said Walker spokesman Austin Altenburg in a statement. “While Evers fails again to protect our children, Scott Walker believes that no child should ever feel unsafe in our schools, and has taken action to ensure that is a reality in all Wisconsin schools.”
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