As we draw closer to casting that ballot, Governor Scott Walker and gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke are speaking out on a variety of hot button issues including the state’s school voucher program.
The program offers taxpayer-funded tuition subsidies for students to attend private, mostly religious, schools.
Gov. Walker wants to significantly increase participation in the program, particularly for low-income families. On Friday, Gov. Walker called Burke out on her choice, as a member of the Madison school board, to not have her district participate in the program.
“I think there’s a little bit of question as to whether or not Mary Burke, both on the school board and eventually if she was Governor, would not be beholden to them,” Gov. Walker said. “Madison is the only school district in the state that hasn’t used those reforms to save money. They’re horribly out of touch with everywhere else across the state and it’s hurting not just the tax payers, it’s hurting students.”
Burke has pledged to reduce the number of vouchers offered by the state and eliminate the program.
“The credible research that has been put out shows that there is no improvement in student learning under the private voucher programs,” the gubernatorial candidate said Thursday. “We have limited resources. We need to spend them wisely and with nearly half of the school districts in Wisconsin seeing cuts in their state aid for the school year, I ask Governor Walker how is he going to fund this expansion?”