Students Asked for Input on State Education Reform


High school students from around Wisconsin gathered in Stevens Point Wednesday for a summit on the future of education. The students are being asked to weigh in on state reforms.

More than 100 high schoolers from Green Bay, Eau Claire, Madison and Wausau attended the summit, called by state Superintendent Tony Evers to get their input on public school reforms.

“We’re doing so much school reform in the state of Wisconsin, so many changes, we just had to make sure we had some student voice in this, about what the future of education should look like,” Evers said. “It’s a real important day.”

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The young people were asked to weigh in on what’s working, what’s not working, and what could work better in their classrooms. Chou Lee is a senior from North High in Eau Claire, “Education is vital. It builds a foundation of how the economy works, and without it, you can’t really process ideas.”

Myles Strong, a senior from Madison East, wants a stronger science curriculum, “Education is very important, because it’s one of the only ways you can get anywhere in life.”

Also from Madison East, freshman Isabel Olsen-Valdez wants more individualized teaching, “How much funding we have helps each student individually because each student has their own needs. Not every student is the same.”

Cole Kubisiak, a sophomore from Wausau West, sees the need for change, “I want to see how we can change schools for, like, my younger brother and generations coming after us, so they can get a better learning experience.”

The opinions voiced by the students may do just that, provide a better experience in the public schools for generations to come.