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MEDIA ADVISORY for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017           
Contact:  Roger Springman at 608-617-1027            

Expert on School Vouchers Coming to Stoughton Area, Feb. 16th   

Dr. Julie Mead, UW-Madison professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis   will be speaking at the Stoughton High School Cafetorium on Feb. 16th at  7 p.m.   Her presentation is entitled “ Wisconsin’s Voucher Program: What is it Doing to Public Schools and Our Children?”   This free, presentation is open to all students, parents, educational professionals, and citizens.

Dr. Julie Mead is one of America’s leading experts on public funding of private schools. This issue is of extreme importance in Wisconsin. Since 1990, Wisconsin taxpayers have spent over $1 billion on vouchers and the legislature recently expanded the program to all school districts statewide.    

“School vouchers are one of the leading educational concerns of our times,” said Charlie Uphoff, Oregon School Board member. “Our state is becoming increasingly generous with them and they are clearly having adverse impacts on public school funding and what gets taught in our classrooms.  It is time to slow down their growth and understand their long-term implications,” said Uphoff.

Dr. Mead is well known in the upper Midwest for her life-long research on educational policy issues, especially vouchers, funding, and school privatization.    She is a vibrant speaker and her findings are supported by statistics and careful analysis of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to educating our children.   There will be a question and answer period following her presentation.   

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Oregon Progressives, Active McFarland, and the Stoughton Area Dems/Progressives, Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN), Grandparents United for Madison Public Schools (GRUMPS), League of Womens’ Voters (LWV), and American Association of University Women (AAUW). 

Stoughton High School is located at 600 Lincoln Av. and attendees may also use the rear entrance along Devonshire Rd.