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Viewpoint: Back to school

Rep. Ron Kind talking with students at North Crawford School in Soldiers Grove, Wis.

This past week kids and teens across western and central Wisconsin packed their backpacks and got ready to go back to school. Although my boys are now a sophomore and junior in college, I still remember getting them ready for their first days of school at Summit Elementary, Logan Middle School, and then Logan High School in La Crosse, Wis. As parents, we know that a quality education is critical to making sure our children have the tools they need to succeed and thrive.

In Wisconsin, our education system has always been a point of pride. We have some of the best teachers, who are dedicated to making sure every student is reaching their full potential. However, in recent years tight budgets at the state level have left many of our school districts and teachers without important resources. To help alleviate some of the burdens, I have introduced a bill to level the playing field for students in rural and underserved schools by providing access to funds to help expand education programs, purchase new technology and upgrade facilities.

We need to continue to make sure our children are getting a quality education, and I am committed to working with anyone willing to make sure our school districts have what they need to achieve that. As parents and loved ones, you know best what we can be doing to support Wisconsin students. If you have ideas to improve our schools, questions or concerns, please reach out to my office by calling 608-782-2558 or visiting

Enjoy the school year!