Friday, April 4, 2014

4-5-14 senator baldwin in fdl

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made a stop in Fond du Lac Friday.  Baldwin visited with students and staff at the STEM academy and also toured Mercury Marine .  STEM Academy is an elementary public charter school focused on science, technology, engineering and math studies where students learn from hands on, project-based assignments.  "I think for a long time as a country starting with the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act there was a focus on every child who wants a four year college degree should be able to get one, but not as much focus on career readiness and technical education,"  Baldwin told AM 1170 WFDL's Between the Lines program.  "I think that our families should have choices.  Some people want to be ready to give back to their communities right away."  Baldwin also visited Mercury Marine’s headquarters where she met with President Mark Schwabero and toured the assembly plant.  "To have a strong economy we have to make things.  So a lot of my time in my first year and few months in the U.S. Senate has been visiting some of the major and smaller manufacturers in the state trying to understand what we need to do to strengthen that sector."  Her visit comes as the Labor Department announced Friday that employers added 192,000  jobs in March…the latest sign the economy is rebounding.  Baldwin says those numbers are

positive but she says job growth is still too slow.

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