Every tax dollar spent on vouchers is a dollar robbed from public schools. The Green Bay public schools have a proven record of good outcomes, even with a sub-population of students where English is not their first language. There is also a variety of choices for students with special needs, disabled, gifted and talented. Don't let Gov. Scott Walker, John Gard or any other proponent of vouchers fool you. To date there is no evidence that voucher-funded schools are superior to public schools and in many cases they may be worse, but it's hard to know because they are not held to the same reporting standards. Tax dollars for private school vouchers undermine the ability of public schools to maintain high standards. Tax dollars converted to private school vouchers will force us to raise taxes locally to maintain high standards in public schools.
And why are we not getting to debate this budget item at the community level? The governor's decisions have shown he is more interested in his own career path than in the welfare of the people of Wisconsin.
We cannot permit the proposed budget bill go through as is. Tell your Wisconsin senators and representatives to eliminate voucher expansion from the biennial budget.