Future for School Choice is Bright in Wisconsin

 

Future for School Choice is Bright in Wisconsin

 

MILWAUKEE (Nov. 10, 2014) – The Wisconsin Federation for Children (WFC) applauds Gov. Scott Walker and legislative leaders who have signaled a desire to lift the onerous enrollment cap on Wisconsin’s statewide school choice program from its 1,000 student limit.

“Recent legislative victories along with Gov. Walker’s re-election means thousands of Wisconsin children will have a brighter future and increased access to quality educational options,” said Brian Fraley, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Federation for Children. “Legislative leaders and the Governor have all pledged to expand the statewide school choice program and that is great news for Wisconsin families.”

A poll conducted by WFC in legislative swing districts this year showed the public’s support for expanding the statewide program.

When asked if they favor “Expanding Wisconsin’s statewide school choice program so that it would allow any working class Wisconsin parent to use taxpayer dollars to send their child to the public, private or religious school of their choice. The law currently only allows the poorest parents to be in the program,” 60 percent said they favored, 33 percent said strongly favored, and only 32 percent opposed.

When asked if they favor “Eliminating the cap on Wisconsin’s statewide school choice program so that more than 1,000 children can use taxpayer dollars to attend the public, private or religious school of their parents’ choice,” 56 percent said they favored, 35 percent strongly favored and only 38 percent opposed.

School choice critics and those who oppose expanding the program frequently focus on where school choice scholarship recipients previously went to school before receiving a scholarship as an indicator that the program should not be expanded to help even more low-income families. Fraley said politicians who focus  on this  ignore the fact that there are strict income guidelines for all scholarship recipients and these scholarships are  not available to wealthy private school enrollees.  Also, despite what opponents claim, the programs do not thrive at the detriment of local public schools.

“School choice does not deprive local school districts of funding,” said Fraley. “Those who peddle that talking point need to do their homework.”

Under the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program families that qualify for the federal poverty program that offers free and reduced priced lunch can receive state assistance to enroll in the private school of their choice. For example, a single mother with a child and an annual income of less than $29,095 would qualify for the statewide choice program. Currently the program is capped at providing scholarships for only 1,000 students.

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The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.  

The Wisconsin Federation for Children is the state-based affiliate of the American Federation for Children.

 

 

Media Contact: Brian Fraley (262) 225-3546

 

  Copyright © 2014 American Federation for Children



Marquette University Law School Polling Shows Wisconsin’s Voters Support School Choice

Marquette University Law School Polling Shows Wisconsin’s Voters Support School Choice

 

MILWAUKEE (Oct. 29, 2014) – Wisconsin Federation for Children spokesperson, Brian Fraley, released the following statement regarding the latest Marquette University Law School Poll which showed that 49% of Wisconsin voters support expanding private school vouchers statewide and only 44% opposed:

 

“These results confirm WFC’s August poll that showed many Wisconsin voters support expanding the statewide school choice program. As the success of the statewide program takes hold we expect its popularity will continue to rise, just as we have seen support increase for the existing Milwaukee and Racine school choice programs. Wisconsinites want parents to have more educational options.”

 

The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.

 

The Wisconsin Federation for Children is the state-based affiliate of the American Federation for Children.

 Copyright © 2014 American Federation for Children

 More information on the Wisconsin Federation for Children polling can be found here: http://bit.ly/1u45MQn.

 

 

Media Contact: Brian Fraley (262) 225-3546


NJSCERA hosts Statewide Conference on Common Core Standards

Education reform’s latest battleground, Common Core, was in the spotlight at NJSCERA’s expert-packed conference on October 21st at Middlesex County College.  Former Governor Thomas Kean presented the keynote address on the history of standards in New Jersey. He stressed the urgency to set world class standards to prepare today’s students for college and careers beyond high school graduation. Other national and state education experts weighed in on the challenges to implementation and the politics of Common Core during two panel discussions.  The panels were moderated by Michael Petrilli, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and John Mooney, founder and education writer for NJ Spotlight.  Several New Jersey legislators, including Senator Steve Sweeney, Assemblyman Vincent Prieto and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, offered their views on the Common Core Standards.

 

Watch the entire program below:

 

Read more about the event here:

http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/officials-discuss-common-core-standards/

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/10/21/state-s-top-democrats-take-stock-of-education-reforms-in-the-offing/

http://newjersey.news12.com/news/education-professionals-meet-to-discuss-common-core-1.9531259

http://www.northjersey.com/mobile/news/as-common-core-testing-draws-nearer-public-worries-persist-1.1114180