As the husband of a teacher and a father of four children, Tom understands the complex issues that face our education system. As governor, he will invest in Wisconsin’s schools so our children are prepared for the challenges of the future.
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.
Quality K-12 Education for Wisconsin’s Children
Tom knows that education has never been more important than it is today. It’s no secret that our local school districts are facing very difficult decisions as a result of the worst economic downturn in generations. Tom will fight for a strong public K-12 school system in Wisconsin to make sure that every child has access to quality schools that will prepare students for the future.
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 Wisconsin’s 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 get Wisconsin working again, we must make a commitment to our community colleges, technical schools, and four-year universities to educate our children and retrain our workforce for the jobs of tomorrow.
Tom Barrett – A Real Record of Success on Education
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 Milwaukee Mayor, Tom 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.
Tom’s passion for education will continue as governor, and protecting education will be an urgent priority in the Barrett Administration.