Katy Venskus, Wisconsin State Director of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), recently put forward a list of Milwaukee candidates that DFER supports in the upcoming August 14 primary. Each of these candidates supports the expansion of vouchers in Milwaukee and in the state of Wisconsin.
The list includes Jason Fields, running for the 11th assembly district seat, along with Jason’s brother, Jarrett Fields, running in the 16th assembly district. Jason recently made his position on vouchers clear by signing onto a letter generated by Howard Fuller in support of the creation of vouchers in the state of New Jersey. (see NJ Letter on Vouchers2.)
In the letter sent to the speaker of the New Jersey state assembly, Fields claim success of the Milwaukee voucher program as the reason they support creating such a program in New Jersey. He neglected to mention that students in Milwaukee Public Schools outperform voucher students in both math and reading.
Those of us who fight for justice in Milwaukee must ask Jason Fields, where do you stand? The Republican-led state legislature is eliminating voting rights, slashing healthcare for the poor and elderly and waging war on women’s rights while decimating Wisconsin’s economy. Why do you think the education privatization plans from these same people are disconnected from the rest of their agenda?
It’s troubling that none of the above-mentioned people – Katy Venskus, Howard Fuller, Jason Fields, Jarrett Fields –signed the recall petition against Governor Walker. Nor am I aware of any evidence that any of them worked to defeat Scott Walker on June 5th.
We need representatives in the state legislature who are going to stand up to the right wing and fight for policies that support communities and democracy.