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NEW INFORMATION: Walker says school aid could go to teacher bonuses

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says state aid targeted to high-performing schools could be given to teachers in those districts as bonuses.

Walker discussed the idea Friday at the state education conference attended by teachers, administrators and others from across the state.

Walker drew anger from teachers in 2011 after he effectively took away their ability to collectively bargain and deeply cut aid to schools. Teachers were a driving force behind the drive to recall Walker last year.

But Walker drew applause Friday when he said his next budget would increase funding for public schools. He says even more money will be targeted to schools showing improvement or those already at a high level.

Walker says he also will provide incentive to low-performing schools that have a plan to turn things around.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is scheduled to speak before the Wisconsin state education convention.

Walker is slated to speak Friday morning at the meeting sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators and the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials.

His appearance comes less than a month before he is to release his two-year state budget. Walker has said that spending plan will include more money for education and an expansion of the voucher program, but he hasn't provided many details.

Walker says he wants to provide incentive money to the highest and lowest performing school districts, based on how they do on state report cards.

More than 2,000 school district leaders from across the state are expected at the meeting.


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