“The governor is once again shorting our students when it comes to funding education. There is no increase in the per-pupil foundation allowance. He then says that schools will have to meet ‘best practice’ goals in order to receive any additional money. In reality, the governor’s proposal is decreasing total state funding for schools by millions of dollars. Schools are already losing over a billion dollars with the cuts and changes enacted last year. Now schools will lose again and that will make it even harder for teachers to teach and for kids to learn. The governor and the Republican majority need to quit treating teachers and students as their enemies and start supporting education so that our kids can learn and be what they are going to be — the next generation of parents, teachers, business leaders, and government officials.”