Republican Schultz attacks Walker budget, says state should ‘chuck’ voucher program

Retired State Senator Dale Schultz, a moderate Republican, accelerated his criticism of Republican policies on a public radio program Friday and attacked Governor Walker’s budget as mean-spirited, a race to the bottom and “an outrage,” and said it made his blood boil. He said if it was up to him, he would “zero out” money for private school vouchers and move that money back to public education.

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Walker’s budget proposal slams door to opportunity on Wisconsin students

A state budget proposal that slams the door to opportunity on students is an insult to Wisconsin’s education legacy, said the president of Wisconsin’s largest union of educators. “This budget is an insult to Wisconsin’s children and citizens,” said WEAC President Betsy Kippers.

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Hearing on Senate schools bill takes center stage

A hearing on a bill setting requirements for public and taxpayer-funded private voucher schools drew education advocates in droves to the Capitol for the second time in two weeks. WEAC members Lyman Elliott of Beloit and Kim Schroeder of Milwaukee were among those urging legislators to require the same standards for all schools that receive taxpayer funding.

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Kippers says Assembly GOP bill sets public schools up for failure

The new “school accountability” bill advanced Wednesday (January 7, 2015) by Assembly Republicans sets public schools up for failure and a takeover by private entities, WEAC President Betsy Kippers said. “Woefully missing from the legislation are state resources to help struggling public schools improve, setting them up for takeover,” Kippers said.

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