Why Advocacy?

The Foundation’s primary goals include fundraising and promoting the Madison public schools. Advocacy is a key component of this. Raising awareness of the excellent things occurring in our public schools, as well as the need for additional ongoing public and private support from the community falls squarely in our mission. We encourage you to join us in advocating for Madison’s public schools by using the resources below.

Events & Opportunities

Attention! June 25th: WPEN's March to Madison

Join the Wisconsin Public Education Network’s March to Madison. Our students deserve all the support they can get!

MMSD Referendum 2020 - Learn more here

2020 MMSD Referendum
The school district is potentially seeking up to $280 million through a fall 2020 referendum. Monies would cover facility and maintenance upgrades at each of the four main public high schools. Many of these improvements are long over due. Such funding would ensure school buildings and classrooms are functioning at the level necessary to meet the needs of all students.

District and elected officials want to hear your opinion! Share with them how you could benefit.

Madison Youth Savings Accounts (MYSA) - Learn more here.

Madison Youth Savings Account (MYSA)
In the summer of 2018, the City of Madison contracted with David Grace and Associates to examine the feasibility of launching a child savings account. This program would offer MMSD students, particularly those with lower incomes, the opportunity to enroll in a savings account dedicated to post high school educational plans. Grace’s study overwhelmingly supported the implementation of a MYSA. To date, the mayor has expressed interest in the program and the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce has included it in their 2019-2020 legislative agenda.

Use your voice, let the city know they can make a difference by investing in the future of our kids. 

Share with them how you could benefit.

Issues We’re Watching

Last February, Governor Tony Evers unveiled his 2019-2021 budget proposal, which featured increases in state funding for public K-12 schools by $1.4 billion over the next two years. Since then…
 
  • Joint Finance Committee reduced state funding for public K-12 education to $500 million.
  • Special education took a big hit with funding cut from a proposed $606 million to $97 million.
  • Recommendation to alter the state school funding formula was rejected. Changes would have included establishing a minimum level of state aid for all school districts and giving additional weight to students who come from low income families.

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