Is Walker competing with Cuomo to see who can be the most destructive governor when it comes to the education of children?
Scott Walker’s Pyrrhic Warfare on Public Education in Wisconsin is a no-win situation—everyone loses except the CEO’s of the corporate Charters that will end up stuffing their bank accounts with the tax payers money when the public schools are gone.
Scott Walker has a plan. It is called “reform,” but in reality it is destruction. He (acting through the legislature) is holding funding for public schools flat (he wanted to cut it); he is increasing funding for charter schools and vouchers; he is imposing draconian budget cuts on the University of Wisconsin system; and he is lowering standards for entry into teaching. One analysis says the voucher expansion proposal would drain $800 million from public schools over a 10-year period.
Tony Evers, the veteran educator who was elected twice as state superintendent of education, says Wisconsin is in a “race to the bottom.”
Wisconsin has decided to reform its teacher licensing standards—by eliminating them! Anyone with any bachlor’s degree can teach any subject, a change inserted into the state budget without hearings.
Even those without a bachelor’s degree are eligible to teach, as Valerie Strauss notes: “That’s not all. The…
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