At a recent Seymour listening session, Rep. Jim Steineke learned that there are strong feelings of opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's push for vouchers that take funds away from public schools, and subsidize religious schools for parents that choose to enroll their children in these selective schools.
At the session, most of Steineke's constituents in attendance were opposed to vouchers, for a wide variety of reasons too numerous to detail here. Steineke is to be commended for his outreach and attention in these sessions, continuing the welcome practice of his predecessor in office, Tom Nelson.
Unfortunately, it appears that Steineke is still convinced that vouchers are a good idea, even if it is evidently quite possible that most of his constituents oppose them. It may be that Steineke is pressured by Walker and his close legislative associates to support vouchers, even though his constituents more strongly support public schools.
It seems that the top state officials are following the voucher doctrinal wishes of a few billionaires who fund their political campaigns through the recent financial floodgate opened by the Supreme Court Citizens United decision. These billionaire ideologues make their wishes very clear to Walker and other legislators through "model legislation" proposed by the American Legislative Exchange Council.
It is hoped that Steineke will stand up to Walker and his billionaire funders, and vote to oppose vouchers and budget to fully support the excellent - certainly not "failing" - public schools of his own district. Budget money for public schools is not just an expense, it is an investment in the future of all our Wisconsin citizens.