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9/17/2013 7:30:00 AM
Rep. Swearingen to chair Task Force on Rural Schools

Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) has announced the formation of a Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools. Vos has asked Rep. Rob Swearingen (R- Rhinelander) to serve as chair, and Rep. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo) to serve as vice-chair of the task force.

"We want students, regardless of where they live, to have the best education possible," said Speaker Vos. "With roughly 44 percent of the state's public school students going to school in a rural community, the task force is being asked to explore innovative solutions to address the complex issues facing our rural schools."

Vos has charged the task force with studying the following areas:

• Creating partnerships among school districts

• Exploring new avenues to share innovations, efficiencies and best-practices

• Addressing future transportation needs

• Mapping out strategies for long-term financial stability

• Developing tactics for handling declining enrollment

• Maximizing opportunities to incorporate advanced technology

"I am honored to chair this important task force," Swearingen said in a statement. "Speaker Vos is committed to helping rural schools throughout the state. We agree that the challenges facing rural schools need to be addressed now. Rural schools' budgets are vastly different than those in Madison and Milwaukee. I look forward to working with the members of the bipartisan task force to find real solutions for smaller districts across Wisconsin."

The members of the task force will be announced soon. The first meeting will be in Rhinelander with a subsequent meeting to be held in Merrill. Meeting dates and additional locations is forthcoming. A task force report on the findings and recommendations is expected early next year.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Craig Strid

First, the funding formula cheated the rural student and then Gov. Walker cut the funding drastically for education. So now our elected officials say we need to talk about doing with what we have. They stole from our children's education fund and talking is the only solution on the table that our representatives offer. They're our children and it's our taxpayer money. Our children are minors and they should be awarded that same attention. These elected officials represent the present mentality of the state not the taxpaying constituents. They put a table between them and taxpayers for separation. I would rather hear silence than be dazzled with bull.
What do we get for your media publicity and attention? Ah, a forked tongue.

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