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Voucher Victory in Wisconsin
US News wire--The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice ^ | June 26, 2011

Posted on 06/26/2011 6:25:28 PM PDT by george76

With a stroke of a pen, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today signed a 2011-2012 state budget that dramatically expands the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program to include tens of thousands of working class and middle income families. His signature also means that a brand new school choice program will be established in Racine County.

The budget had previously passed the Senate and House on June 17 by votes of 19-14 and 60-38, respectively.

"This is incredible news that I know would make Milton and Rose Friedman smile," said Robert C. Enlow, President and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the nation's leading advocate for school choice. "The Friedmans understood the importance of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program to the cause of educational freedom for all children, and they long hoped it would be expanded to include other cities. Today, thanks to the tremendous leadership of Gov. Walker and the state legislature, that hope is fulfilled."

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has long supported the expansion of the program. For more than a dozen years, the Foundation has undertaken research on the effectiveness of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and provided funding to support the local efforts spearheaded by School Choice Wisconsin.

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The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program will significantly increase the number of families and schools eligible to participate in the program

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: choice; schools; teachers; unions; vouchers; walker; wi; wisconsinshowdown
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To: george76
...Milwaukee...

It takes a conservative to "do it for the children!"

21 posted on 06/27/2011 4:53:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: george76

Now if every church in the state will open its doors, hire one principal and a group of fabulous teachers, we can reclaim education in America. Church buildings make wonderful schools.


22 posted on 06/27/2011 4:00:29 PM PDT by reflecting
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To: apoliticalone

To compare a flash mob in a store with potential actions by students attending a private school is, IMHO - ridiculous!

The initiative pushed by Polly Williams in the 1980’s has DECADES of good results! Concerned parents (or single parent) know that the public schools are failing, and they strive to move their kid(s) to a private/charter school through the use of vouchers. When accepted by a private school - the private school often compels parental involvement (so many hours per semester) in support at the school. They also work with the parents to emphasize reading vs. TV, homework ethics, etc. This benefits all the kids that get out of the public school.

As to the public schools - when they loose hundreds of students, then teachers are laid off (or not replaced when they retire/quit/move elsewhere). The funds to the school are reduced.

Your resistance to change makes you come across as a bitter clinger - wanting to protect the public schools. WHY?? The record is there - vouchers WORK. Think of the recent struggle by parents in Washington DC who had kids with vouchers and when the ZERO was immaculated - and one of his first efforts to screw the masses was to end the voucher program. He finally modified his order to allow existing recipients of vouchers to continue to use them - but no new vouchers would be issued. So you are in agreement with the ZERO.


23 posted on 06/28/2011 6:41:47 AM PDT by Vineyard
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