Governor Walker talks education policies at Brown Deer schools

CREATED Apr 23, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr 23, 2012

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BROWN DEER- Governor Scott Walker claims his polices have saved taxpayers in Wisconsin more than a billion dollars so far -- and he took that message to Brown Deer schools on Monday..

"Literally county by county we've documented the savings we can find from the reforms we passed last year," said Walker.  "Reforms that helped schools, districts that helped counties, that helped municipalities all across the state."

The governor held a round table discussion at Dean Elementary School where area leaders talked about how the reforms have helped out.  Among them, Brown Deer's superintendent.  Voters passed a referendum for renovations and a new gymnasium after seeing a 4 percent drop in taxes due to Walker's reforms.

"We have a $22 million referendum about $15 million was realized through a zero percent increase to our tax levy because of the reforms," said Deb Kerr, Brown Deer School District Superintendent Deb Kerr.

But Democrats argue Walker is out of touch with voters and is wrong with his data.  Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski issued a statement:

"Again, Scott Walker just can't tell the truth. The facts are that property taxes went up while property values went down. The structural deficit is worse than what he inherited. Wisconsin leads the nation in job loss, even while neighboring states like Illinois add jobs. And these "savings?" They have resulted in some 1,500 fewer teachers, larger class sizes and worse outcomes. None of this is good for Wisconsin or our middle class. Walker's inability to tell the truth, coupled with his reckless abuse of power, let alone criminal corruption, are reason enough for his recall."