Governor Walker says the recently-approved state budget has good news for schools hoping to put in FAB LABS in K-12 districts.
Walker Thursday stopped in Three Lakes, the site of the state's first fabrication lab in a K-12 setting, and said after the protracted budget debate, money for the labs has grown in the state budget...
".....With the FAB LAB here and the inspiration you provided people across the state, In (Joint Finance Committee) they kept intact the budget increase. We've more than doubled the amount of grants for FAB LABS across the state. Yesterday I saw new ones popping up in school districts big and small across the state....Rep. Mary Felzkowski on the committee was able to put $400,000 more dollars in for training...."
Many districts in the Northwoods now have or are in the process of getting the labs which use high-speed internet, sophisticated software and 3-D printers and other devices to manufacture items. Some say the FAB LABS could spur entrepreneurship in rural areas.
Walker says the budget will add $639 million for K-12 education.