State Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, along with other Republican lawmakers and pro-voucher lobbyists, recently attacked those who seek basic 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.