For Immediate Release: May 29, 2015
Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson (608) 663-1903
“The Joint Finance Motion today is another alarming sign of our legislature prioritizing private schools, independent charter schools and politics over public education.
“This proposal would create an unelected charter school authorizer who would have unilateral authority to create charter schools in our community and require us to pay for those schools – on top of what we will be required to pay for private school vouchers.
“Independent charter schools have no consistent record of improving education for children, but they do drain resources from public schools, without any control in our local community or school board. Rather than invest in what we know works in education, this proposal puts resources in strategies with mixed results at the expense of our public school students.
“We have skilled staff, an engaged community and excellent students. We are incredibly determined, and we are making progress on behalf of all children. But at every step of the way, the legislature puts more barriers in our way and makes our jobs more difficult.
“Between private school vouchers, special education vouchers, independent charter authorization and no increase in revenue limits for the first time ever, it is clear that legislators in power have no interest in supporting public school children over politics.
“I urge legislators to invest in our public schools, instead of putting resources in strategies with mixed results at the expense of our public school students.”