This means a few things:
- Wisconsin parents and Wisconsin students do NOT believe Wisconsin schools (which lead the nation in graduation rates) are "failing" as our governor and his cronies like to pretend, and are not clamoring over each other to "save" their kids by pushing them into questionably accredited, science-optional, no-accountability private voucher schools like Walker predicted they would. Nor do they believe the myth that private schools are inherently superior to public schools. Because they aren't.
- Vouchers are not the "choice" of high-need, low-income taxpayers that we were told (by Walker, and his funders and the mainstream media) they would be. They are the choice of people who could already afford to send their kids to private schools, who are now taking advantage of the outrageous double-dip that is their massive $10,000 tax break for private school tuition coupled with a expansion of the voucher program than allows a government handout in the form of a $6400 coupon toward their kids' education, paid for by the rest of us and siphoned out of the public education fund for the rest of our kids.
- It pays to support Scott Walker. The special interest groups and profiteers who paid so richly to ensure Scott Walker and his cronies remain in office are seeing some very generous returns on their "investment." At our expense, and at the expense of quality public education statewide.
- People who care about public education would be wise to look for - and hold accountable - candidates who agree that Wisconsin cannot afford to subsidize private school for the rich AND public school for the rest of us. Because if people who care about public education vote, people who put profits before our children - and our collective future - lose.