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Residence halls are being prepped, school supplies are flying off the shelves, and the sports season has already started. As local K-12 and college students get ready for classes, which begin Sept. 2 in most schools, it’s a perfect time to pause and reflect on the importance of education.

The job Wisconsin is doing educating its students from kindergarten through college will be an important campaign topic as we head into the fall elections. That’s justifiable, as our future workforce and community leaders are being shaped and prepared through education.

The workforce shortage that looms in Wisconsin because of the retiring Baby Boomers makes the success of education even more important. We need an educational system that simultaneously preps students for vocational and trade occupations as well as setting a clear course for higher education degrees....

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- - Volume: 2 - WEEK: 35 Date: 8/26/2014 9:25:37 AM -