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Barish, Lawrence S.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / State of Wisconsin 1991-1992 Blue Book

Wisconsin political parties,   pp. [833]-868 PDF (16.1 MB)

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                          STATE PLATFORM:      REPUBLICAN PARTY         
  We urge the Wisconsin Congressional delegation to spur the federal government
to assume its rightful role
in resolving the treaty rights disputes. Finally, the Republican Party of-Wisconsin
commends the leaders and
members oT our Chippewa Tribes, the Chambers of Commerce and the local government
officials in northern
Wisconsin who have worked to establish greater cooperation and understanding
as a means of easing tensions
generated by the treaty issues.
                           THE RIGHTS OF SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN
  The Republican Party of Wisconsin commends the wide-ranging efforts of
voluntary associations of
sportsmen and women in our state in enhancing and maintaining wildlife habitats,
restoring our forests, and
preserving our prairies, streams and wetlands. We endorse statelaws that
protect these conservation-minded
citizens in their legal pursuit of fish and game, and which guarantee their
rights to keep and bear firearms for
recreational and other lawful purposes.
                                 OUR HUMAN ENVIRONMENT
                                 EQUALITY AND EMPOWERMENT
  The Republican Party of Wisconsin is firm in its commitment to the establishment
and maintenance of equal
opportunities for all Wisconsin citizens without regard to race, sex, religion
national origin, or handicapped
status. Republicans believe that the goal of full participation in our society
or all Wisconsin citizens can best
be achieved by programs and policies that provide quality education, a tair
allocation of political power in
redistricting and equal access to economic resources. These are the surest
paths toward empowering each of
our citizens to enjoy the quality of life we in Wisconsin hold so dear.
                                          K-12 EDUCATION
  Republicans recognize that Wisconsin, like the rest of the nation, faces
an immense challenge in ensuring
that its K- 12 public education system is ready to meet the needs of our
citizens as we enter the-21st Century.
Wisconsin is fortunate to have an excellent base in the 432 school districts
of our state from which to begin the
reforms that are necessary.
  Republicans understand, however, that we cannot be complacent simply because
Wisconsin schools have
traditionally fared well in interstate comparisons. We therefore applaud
Governor Thompson's establishment
of the Commission on Schools for the 21st Century.
  We understand that adequate and continuing financial support for our public
schools is part of meeting the
educational challenge. Wisconsin citizens have always been generous in their
support of education at all levels,
and Republicans will work to preserve that tradition. But dollars alone will
not cure the malaise that has crept
over our public education system.
  Republicans seek policies and programs that will unleash the independence,
innovation, and creativity of
individual teachers, administrators, and school boards. We condemn mindless
compliance with state man-
dates as a substitute for accountability for educational outcomes.
  Republicans believe that when it comes to K-12 public education, Wisconsin
must "dare to be different".
We will not shy away from proposals for educational reform.
  We support selective waivers from state mandates for school districts that
believe there is a better way to
accomplish an educational goal. We endorse empowering parents to assume a
greater role in defining and
selecting educational programs for their children. We promote initiatives
to explore independent practice ar-
rangements for teachers, merit and incentive based compensation, and new
approaches to education manage-
ment at the district and building levels.
  Republicans applaud the elimination of the higher interdistrict tuition
levels within our VTAE system. As a
result of this new policy, vocational and technical education opportunities
will be more accessible and afforda-
ble for Wisconsin citizens. We will work to ensure that the VTAE system maintains
its independence, vitality
and responsiveness to the needs of its students and local employers for vocational
and technical skills.
  Republicans support the concept of life-long learning that is so vital
in meeting the fast changing demands
of to day's and tomorrow's workplace. To this end, greater flexibility and
cooperation between the University
and VTAE systems is essential, so long as the equally valuable and-distinct
mission of each is maintained.
                            THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM
  While Republicans take pride in the world-renowned excellence of the University
of Wisconsin System, we
have not lost sight of its basic mission: to provide quality, affordable,
and accessible higher educational oppor-
tunities to the citizens of our state. We support the efforts of the Board
of Regents to manage enrollments on
the 26 campuses to ensure timely access to quality curricula for all University
system students.
  Republicans recognize the importance to Wisconsin's economic and technological
development efforts in
having top-notch research personnel and facilities at Madison and other system
campuses. We support keep-
ing alive "The Wisconsin Idea" that the borders of the university
coincide with the borders of our state. We
will seek to enact and maintain policies that do not unduly restrict faculty
personnel from advising and inter-
acting with the citizens, businesses and industries of Wisconsin.
  The Republican Party of Wisconsin supports the efforts to increase opportunities
for minority student en-
rollment in university programs. Republicans believe that, just as in society
at large, the key to greater minor-
ity participation and success in higher education is the creation of an atmosphere
oT understanding, acceptance
                                            CHILD CARE
  Republicans believe that no governmental program or educational mandate
can take the place of a support-
ive, caring family. We believe that the proper role of government is to support
strong families, not to replace
them. We urge that any federal or state child care initiatives acknowledge
the financial sacrifices of a parent
who chooses to remain at home to care for his or her children. We endorse
policies that will ensure the
broadest possible range of child care services, including private nongovernmenta['options,
are made available
to parents who must or who choose to work outside the home.

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