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Issue Position: Education

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Tom Barrett -- A Real Record of Success on Education

As the husband of a teacher and a father of four children, Tom understands the complex issues that face our education system.

Tom has been one of the fiercest advocates for education in Wisconsin. In Congress, he fought for millions in funding for Wisconsin schools, and he led the charge for SAGE funding to reduce classroom sizes, ensuring kids get more individual attention from teachers.

As mayor, Tom has fought for reform to turn around failing schools. He also launched the Youth Summer Jobs Program, placing Milwaukee high school students in the workplace to give young people real world job experience. More than 3,000 Milwaukee teens have participated in the program.

Quality K-12 Education for Milwaukee's Children

Tom knows that education has never been more important than it is today. It's no secret that Milwaukee schools are facing very difficult decisions as a result of the worst economic downturn in generations. Tom has vouched for reforming the Wisconsin school finance system so that we can continue our long tradition of excellent public education, and to bring school budgeting out of the world of formulas and into reality.

High-quality and affordable higher education

Wisconsin's colleges and universities are valuable assets to our state's economic engine. Tom understands that we must work together to make college more affordable and accessible for working and middle class families. The reality of today's global economy is that many of the good-paying jobs require an education beyond high school. To keep Wisconsin working, we must make a commitment to our state's colleges, technical schools, and four-year universities to educate our children and retrain our workforce for the jobs of tomorrow.

Wisconsin has the most industrious workforce in the country; Tom knows we must make sure it's the most highly skilled and versatile. We must make sure our education system -- from kindergarten to technical schools and colleges -- empowers the people of our state with the skills to be competitive in a global economy. Tom knows we must also invest in world-class research and development initiatives that improve quality of life with groundbreaking advances, while also harnessing cutting-edge technology to create the jobs for a 21st century economy.

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