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July 9, 2014

Letter on Vouchers in Steven Point Journal

Filed under: Vouchers — millerlf @ 3:49 pm

 State Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, along with other Republican lawmakers and pro-voucher lobbyists, recently attacked those who seek basic data from private voucher schools. The state’s Department of Public Instruction made the data request, which originated from the U.S. Department of Justice as it investigates a complaint filed on behalf of families who have experienced discrimination in Wisconsin’s private voucher schools.

As Shakespeare would say, “The lady doth protest too much.”

If Republican lawmakers are this upset now, imagine their indignation the next time lawmakers try to draft a bill that will make voucher schools accountable to taxpayers.

This spring’s Republican-backed effort self-destructed because the bill was more about expanding the voucher program and closing public schools than it was about holding anyone accountable. Voucher schools were asked to respond to the DPI’s request by June 30; however, the DPI cannot require their compliance because private schools are, well, private.

The reaction by Republican lawmakers to the DPI request should worry every taxpayer in Wisconsin. Instead of politicians and lobbyists endlessly reciting rhetoric on the virtues of vouchers, let’s let the facts speak for themselves.

Jeri McGinley,

Stevens Point


1 Comment »

  1. This doesn’t make any sense to me. Why would Republican lawmakers be against accountability? I can think of only 2 reasons: either the vouchers schools they worked so hard to fund are doing no better than the demonized public schools; or the standardized tests used to show the poor quality of the public schools don’t really measure the quality of education a school provides. In either case, Wisconsin taxpayers are investing a great deal of money with no accountability and no return on investment. Not a very Republican thing to do.

    Comment by Marykay Wagner — July 9, 2014 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

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