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Gov. Evers addresses importance of educational funding in Eau Claire

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Governor Tony Evers made two stops in Eau Claire on Wednesday, touting educational proposals and employment training for youth with disabilities.

“Our youth and our young adults are the future of our great state,” said Governor Evers.

Evers attended a graduation ceremony, honoring 11 students from Project SEARCH, an employment program that helps train and educate our youth with disabilities.

“It provides an opportunity for the participants to advance and pursue their individual goals,” Evers said.

Evers also said it helps create a more inclusive Wisconsin.

“Everybody in Wisconsin deserves the chance to succeed,” Evers said

Over 95% of program participants graduate from their internships at local businesses, and a vast majority of those graduates are hired in the communities where they interned. Evers said Project SEARCH sites in Wisconsin have an average employment success rate that out ways the national Project SEARCH program by 15%.

“For years to come, the state of Wisconsin will benefit from the skills you bring to your work every single day,” Evers said.

Following Governor Evers’ speech at Mayo Clinic Health System, he made a pit-stop at Longfellow Elementary School, to answer some questions and read to a second grade class.

“It’s a school of high diversity, and year after year, they do very well academically,” Evers said. “So, it’s good to be here, good questions from the second graders.”

To keep those good questions going, Evers said the state needs to do their job.

“Clearly the K-12 budget proposal that was accepted by the Joint Finance Committee was far short, especially in the area of special education, which has had no increase for the last 10 to 12 years,” Evers said.

Evers said overall, he is disappointed in the budget results.

“So we are going to continue to fight,” Evers said. “We are going to continue to make the case.”

The State Budget Writing Committee will continue to look at parts of the budget proposal through June.

Shannon Hoyt

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