School choice plan doesn’t go far enoughcontinue at Wiggy Lib&Pub
Parents, students deserve more options statewide
Waukesha Freeman 7/11/13 Page A6 Opinion
I won’t pretend that I’m happy with the final compromise in the state budget regarding the expansion of private school choice, commonly referred to as vouchers.
When other states are moving forward boldly in expanding private school choice opportunities, the state where school choice began is now falling behind.
Five hundred students statewide the first year is a drop in the bucket. Gov. Scott Walker’s plan was not much better, but at least it targeted districts with failing schools and offered more students and parents private school choice.
However, the compromise does show the hypocrisy of school choice critics. State Sen. Mike Ellis had two main complaints about the governor’s plan. He said he wanted “local control” with school districts deciding whether to participate in school choice. He also said it would be unfair in school districts to have a lottery to determine who could go to private schools.
Guess what? We have a lottery, and it’s statewide. So much for local control.
Now that it is statewide, school choice opponents are nervous that the enrollment caps will be removed by a future session of the Legislature. We can only hope.