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Letter to the Editor:

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposes expansion of voucher schools in Wisconsin. This program provides taxpayer money for students in the state’s biggest cities to attend private schools.

At the same time, Walker and the legislature have made huge cuts to state funding for our public schools in the past two years and plan virtually no increase for them in the budget for 2013-’15.

Many school districts in northern Wisconsin, including Rhinelander, Three Lakes, Elcho and Northland Pines, have had to pass referendums recently to keep their schools running. Here are a few examples of the amount of money some northern districts have lost in state aid to fund voucher schools: Rhinelander, $60,725; Crandon, $36,775; Tomahawk, $32,867; Niagara, $44,444; and Merrill, $264,460.

Do you want your tax dollars taken from our public school kids and used to support private schools elsewhere in Wisconsin? If not, please contact your representatives and tell them “no” on vouchers! Sen. Tom Tiffany, Rep. Rob Swearingen, Rep. Mary Czaja and Rep. Jeff Mursau should be trying to remove vouchers from the budget proposal and voting “no” on them as a separate bill. A “yes” vote from them would tell us that they absolutely do not represent the constituents of the North Woods.

You can also sign this petition begun locally which will be delivered to Madison before the budget debate begins. Vouchers aren’t a Democrat-Republican issue; all taxpayers are affected by this misuse of our money. Go to Please speak up for our public schools.

Cheryl Andrist


Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:09 PM


+29 #20 2013-05-01 12:02
Carl, EVERYTHING I stated is FACT. The FACT that you say what you have merely proves you are uninformed.....Read on:

Now add in that these voucher schools take no special ed kids and no trouble makers and still can't outperform MPS merely proves the plug needs to be pulled on this failed experiment.
-30 #19 2013-04-30 12:00
each and everyone of you in my beloved northwoods needs to peruse the school budgets and how it relates to: Salaries, tenure, pensions, retirement benes, allocation of dollars to the class room vs. administration, etc, etc. It may or not be an eye opening experience. A husband/wife teacher duo opined their opinion about the lousy salary they were making in the Eagle River school district, around 75K each, total 150K. this salary is quite reasonable and in fact about 100% greater than the median salary of Vilas County. Bottom line, the unions want to control the educational system. The word "voucher" or "school choice" sends shivers up their spine. Never let go local control of your school district. The federal govt is getting more and more intrusive into the lives of it's citizens.
-29 #18 Frank Gabl 2013-04-30 04:00
Your Public School Tax Dollars Hard at Work: “Wisconsin Innovative School Network is transforming education one school at a time.”

Members of the Coalition of Essential Schools highlighted in post 15, featuring communist bomb-making domestic terrorists from the defunct Weather Underground the likes of Bill Ayers, Cathy Wilkerson and Howard Machtinger are now connected to the North Woods by way of the SOAR charter school opening this fall in Land O’ Lakes Elementary.

Here’s How the Dots Connect:

The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) is the national umbrella organization of which, Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is an “affiliate member” of CES’s network:

Cont. below:
-27 #17 Frank Gabl 2013-04-30 03:57

Wisconsin Innovative School Network (WISN) is a state umbrella organization of which
Buck is listed as its Project-Based Learning affiliate:

Northland Pines SOAR project-based learning charter school is listed as a school in the Wisconsin Innovative School Network:

This is the website for the SOAR school. On the left side of the page, click on “What is project-based learning (PBL)?” – scroll to the second video and watch it in its entirety.

Bill Ayers enthusiastic proclamation at the 2:05 mark: “We have absolute access to the schools and the classroom”:

Don't taxpayers at least deserve an explanation or denial from NPSD?
-30 #16 2013-04-29 23:23
John Graber, why do you liberals just make up facts and present them as truths. Not one "fact" in your statement can be substantiated.
-27 #15 Frank Gabl 2013-04-29 11:54
From Bangor to San Diego and the Everglades to the North Woods, communists are being manufactured one tax dollar at a time:

Metaphor of a Common Core school in 2014; starring bomb-making Prof. Bill Ayers:
-26 #14 2013-04-27 20:00
Rhinelander school district funding:
Gee, another .002% hit on a $34 million+ budget
Ooops, whats this? Merrill had a budget SURPLUS of $2 million bucks?

Folks in Wisconsin, like us in IL,you have to wake up to the agenda of these teachers unions. their slogan, "its for the kids' is hogwash and you all better wake up.
-26 #13 2013-04-27 19:53
Dear Cheryl: note school budget for Tomahawk:
In todays tax strapped world we in the private sector have had to make some choices as to where we spend our money and on what. you note that Tomahawk SD was short change 32 K out of $17 million in district funding, which equates to Less than .003% in revenue shortfall. Are you kidding me? april fools was some 4 weeks ago. you better do your homework before making such a ludicrous argument.
+21 #12 2013-04-27 18:59
Good letter. The FACTS are that voucher schools have performed no better in in many cases WORSE than MPS. There have now been multiple studies over the last 10 years and they all say the same thing. This experiment is an utter failure and it's costing all of us. In addition to this, they have fewer certified teachers, have rampant embezzlement of funds and often teachers aren't even paid. They take only the best kids, rejet special ed and trouble makers and STILL can't do better than MPS who must take these kids. WI has ranked very well nationally over the years with ACT scores and in fact King in Milwaukee is ranked second in the state and Carmen is ranked 5th based on USNews. And yes, Dave, it is about the money. With more funds being pulled out for these failed voucher schools and less coming in from the state overall we are cutting programs, teachers and equipment which is the last thing we should be having to do. It's time to pull the plug on the voucher schools.
-27 #11 2013-04-27 15:34
this web site should be mandatory reading for all Wisconsites: it clearly portrays the influence public unions exeert upon the populace via the politicians they hold in their back pocket:

Check out the pension calculator: check out the highest pensions paid to public servants: Check out the scams used on the loopholes to collect lifetime pensions. Embarrassing to say the least coming out of this state.

Carl, Frank, Dave, would love your comments on this. Especially, check out the salaries for District 87 Glenbard School District. We are making these employees MILLIONAIRES via their pensions! Nice gig eh???!!!!

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