MADISON – Governor Scott Walker released his Weekly Radio Address Thursday titled “We Are Driving Student Success.”

Hi, Scott Walker here.

Ensuring that every child, regardless of where they live or what their parents do for a living, has access to a great education is one of our top priorities. We want that education to provide the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college, career and in real life.

That’s why we put more into K-12 education than ever before. Our historic investment means an additional $200 for every student in every school in every part of the State of Wisconsin and another $204 for every student on top of that next year. We also provided new funding for high transportation costs, for mental health services in schools and for new technology and broadband connections for our students.

Now, to ensure that students in rural school districts have access to a quality education, we are renewing our call to add an additional $100 per student for small, rural schools. I want to thank State Representative John Nygren for his help in putting this plan together along with Senator Howard Marklein and State Representative Jeff Mursau for their leadership. The plan also allows low revenue spending districts to get in line with other school districts across the state.

Thanks to our past reforms, we are able to make historic investments in schools while still protecting taxpayers with lower property taxes on a median-valued home in 2018 than they were just eight years ago. It’s just one more way we are moving Wisconsin forward.