The Wisconsin Legislature this week passed a budget, awaiting a signature from Gov. Scott Walker, that increases funding for charter schools and school voucher programs.
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“Wisconsin’s new budget, which expands school choice programs, is a big win for Wisconsin parents and taxpayers. The strategy of across-the-board expansion of choice accelerates the process of dismantling the inefficient ‘district-based’ system and the educational apartheid that system creates.”
“This budget shows Wisconsin legislators are taking improving education seriously. They are doing so by recognizing that throwing more money at a broken public education system in need of systemic change is not the answer. Implementing choice for families and changing funding mechanisms to provide additional educational opportunities can and will make a difference for families and students in the state. Wisconsin legislators deserve commendation for their efforts.”
“The primary focus of education should be children, which the Wisconsin Legislature finally recognizes by adopting a fund-the-child approach over the funding-a-system approach.
“All children deserve access to quality education. Funding children and expanding education opportunities shows the Wisconsin Legislature finally recognizes a child’s need for individualized education is a higher priority than the system.”
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