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Every student in Wisconsin should have the opportunity to succeed and grow, regardless of his or her zip code. With this in mind, Governor Walker supports Representative Nygren’s legislation to increase Sparsity Aid for rural schools.

Additionally, this week the Governor proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, announced a plan to reform the juvenile corrections and treatment systems and recognized 18 individuals as recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award.

1. Providing Students with Career Opportunities

Governor Walker visited schools in Kimberly and Eau Claire to discuss the Youth Apprenticeship Program. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), this program provides high school students with hands-on job training and the skills and resources necessary to pursue advanced career paths. The statewide program offers up to 11 career programs for students to pursue.

Governor Walker noted:

“Youth Apprenticeship is a key tool for improving educational and employment opportunities for students, and we’re proud of the fact that student participation in the program has more than doubled since we took office. This innovative program encourages collaboration between students, schools, and employers, prepares students for future success in the working world, and helps meet the workforce needs of our state’s economy. We support our dedicated students who choose to go above and beyond their coursework to learn new skills and pursue personal growth.”

2. Wisconsin Supports Every Student

In a visit to Coleman High School, Governor Walker announced his support for Representative John Nygren’s proposed legislation to increase Sparsity Aid by $6.4 million for the 2018-19 school year, providing much-needed aid to rural schools. The increased aid is in addition to the 2017-19 Budget’s historic $11.5 billion investment in K-12 funding, increased support for High-Cost Transportation Aid in rural areas, new support for mental health services and expanded efforts to provide broadband access statewide included in the state budget.

3. Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking

Governor Walker proclaimed January 2018 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking impacts millions of individuals worldwide, including in Wisconsin.

The state of Wisconsin must work together to end the scourge of Human Trafficking. Each induvial can play a vital role in ending trafficking by learning how to recognize the signs, reporting suspicious activity, and supporting the victims of human trafficking.

4. Positive Reforms for the Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Systems

After extensive discussion with state and local officials, the judicial system, and stakeholders, the Governor announced a plan to provide a long-term solution for Wisconsin’s juvenile corrections and treatment systems. This plan proposes reforms that would move the system from one facility to five smaller, regional facilities. Additionally, it expands Wisconsin’s interfamily reconciled juvenile treatment program for offenders with mental health challenges at the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC) in Madison. The plan was met with bipartisan support as Republicans and Democrats alike agree that reform is necessary for the juvenile corrections program.

5. Recognizing Hard Working Individuals

This week, Governor Walker recognized 18 individuals, businesses, and organizations as recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award, as selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy.