If money solves education problems, why does the USA spend more per student for public education -- lookup (How much countries around the world spend on education - Insider) and get comparatively lower returns by way of achievement tests than most other countries? Growing up, teachers were underpaid but dedicated. Thank goodness, this is no more. With salaries and benefits now published by the Department of Public Instruction -- see (Data & Media | Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction), Wisconsin teachers in general exceed those in other professions with similar training. 

 The St. Croix Valley Friends of Public Education (SCVFPE) Coordinator took a recent poke at our State Assembly person for doing her job and scrutinizing State public instruction spending as impacted by the Wuhan Virus Pandemic. Along with wanting evermore money that letter criticized the State for having any say as to how local school boards allocate their funds. Like it or not, local control is fading. Half of our local school funds come from the State. Should our State elected officials close their eyes and distribute public dollars?

 Young people are the lowest risk group for Pandemic deaths, but have the highest death rate for lockdown conditions. Teachers unions and the SCVFPE balk at removing the Pandemic lockdowns despite growing evidence from the World Health Organization for their doing more harm than good—see  (WHO official urges world leaders to stop using lockdowns as primary virus control method (msn.com)). The Center for Disease Control speaks similarly  -- see (Head of CDC Admits Lockdown Killing Way More Americans Than COVID! Urges Masks. When Will These People Be Held Accountable for the Carnage They’ve Caused? (redstate.com). ) Of course reasonable precautions like social distancing are necessary. 


Doug Wellumson


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