Barish, Lawrence S.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / State of Wisconsin 1991-1992 Blue Book
Wisconsin political parties, pp. -868 PDF (16.1 MB)
STATE PLATFORM: REPUBLICAN PARTY 865 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. VOCATIONAL, TECHNICAL AND ADULT EDUCATION 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 andco-equality. 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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