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CITY OF BROOKFIELD - Learning from each other.

Students at Brookfield East High School got a chance to meet with Gov. Scott Walker during a visit Wednesday morning, April 5, but it was also a chance for the governor to familiarize himself with students, staff and other Elmbrook community members from one of the top school districts in his state.

Walker visited East with the hope of not only promoting support for a $649 million increase for Wisconsin K-12 schools proposed in his biennial budget, but also to learn from students about how they're preparing for the future.

“Students begin to develop the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for success at a young age, which is why our budget proposal makes historic investments in K-12 education,” Walker said. “That solid foundation will serve them well as they go from elementary to middle to high school, then on to higher education, a good-paying career and life.”

Walker visited students in a number of courses including Architectural Drafting, Principles of American Democracy and Introduction to Programming courses while also enjoying the school’s Spartan Union Coffee Shop.

"He was really able to relate to students, and I enjoyed how he talked about the Spartan Union and how it can help prepare me for life beyond Brookfield East," senior Max Aslin said.

The Elmbrook School District officially announced its support for Walker’s budget Tuesday.

“We are encouraged that the governor has prioritized the students of Wisconsin with this two-year budget,” Elmbrook superintendent Mark Hansen said. “The commitment to funding public education is directly linked to Elmbrook’s pursuit of excellence, and we are hopeful this budget is supported by the Legislature as it considers the governor’s recommendations.”

Gov. Walker’s budget proposal would result in an increase of $200 per student in the 2018 fiscal year and $204 in 2019.

“Investing in our K-12 schools is a no-brainer because it ensures our students reach their full potential today and help fuel the growth of Wisconsin’s economy tomorrow,” Walker said.

Elmbrook School Board president Kathryn Wilson also pledged her support for Walker’s budget.

“As an advocate for kids, I appreciate Gov. Walker’s executive budget that benefits the children of Wisconsin,” Wilson said. “I would encourage families and constituents across our state to show their support for education by participating in the state budget development process.”

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