The Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES), established in 1998, is a network of parents, students, educators, community groups, and others organized to fight back against state aid cuts to schools and for reform of Wisconsin’s school-funding system.
WAES’s organizers have traveled throughout Wisconsin to talk with community members about how important it is that schools have the resources they need to guarantee every child in the state the programs and services they need to learn in school and succeed in life.
As do other education reform groups, WAES talks about accountability. Unlike most others, though, it talks about resource accountability and linking resources to what we want young people to know and be able to do. In other words, we not only need change the way we fund public schools, but we also need to restore cuts in school aid made in recent budgets and begin building a public education funding system that actually supports high expectations and rigorous standards.