It was only yesterday that I posted this:
Dear GOP: Do you think America is deaf, blind, and/or stupid? On second thought, don’t answer that. Their claims of reinventing themselves are a joke. They can use all the carefully parsed words they want, but they are fooling nobody.
Of course, that was about a personhood bill that would ban abortions in North Dakota. Today it’s about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s war on public education and unions.
Previously I posted that Gov. Scott Walker’s budget funds school vouchers and charter schools “leaving public schools on life support” followed by Oops! Three Wisconsin voucher schools got state money after losing accreditation. He claims he wants more “choice,” but does Wisconsin spend more per student on vouchers than public schools?
Walker is doing everything he can to make it harder on children, including special needs children, to access public education:
Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to increase funding for voucher and public charter schools as well as his plan to create a new stream of funding to allow special-needs children to attend private schools drew immediate criticism Sunday from the state’s largest teacher union, public school advocates and a major disability rights group. [...]
“(Walker’s) real focus is privatizing public education with another infusion of resources to the unaccountable taxpayer-funded private school voucher program while leaving our neighborhood public schools on life support,” [Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state’s largest teacher union] added.
Now the Madison Capital Times is reporting more about his plan to force expansion of vouchers to nine school districts:
And influential former GOP leaders are suiting up to lobby for Walker’s plan to make more public school districts offer a voucher option, in which parents can get state funds to help send their children to private schools.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers said that “tying report cards to voucher expansion, as Walker proposes, would undermine bipartisan school reform efforts underway.”
How’s that reachy-outy thing workin’ for ya, GOP?