|Offers clarifications on voucher schools|
Letter to the Editor:
After reading Mr. Gullan’s letter (May 1 issue) about voucher schools, I felt a little clarification was needed. Mr. Gullan stated, “Private voucher schools are usually better.”
This is the headline from an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of April 23, 2013: “Wisconsin voucher students lag in latest state test.”
The article states, “About 13% of students in private voucher schools scored proficient or better in math and about 11% scored proficient or advanced in reading . . . Milwaukee Public Schools’ overall proficiency rates of about 19% of students proficient in math and about 14% clearing the proficiency bar in reading.”
I am wondering why the state
legislators would want to expand funding for an unproven program. Mr. Gullan states, “Second, it is the parent who decides where to send their child to school.” This is correct. Wisconsin has open enrollment so that parents can send their children to public schools in different districts and parents have always had the option to send their children to private schools.
The rural districts, such as the districts surrounding Eagle River, would not benefit from voucher expansion. Our tax dollars would go to urban areas to fund their private schools.
Another article from the Journal Sentinel stated, “Vouchers began in Milwaukee, were expanded to Racine last year, and under Walker’s proposal would be allowed in nine additional districts. Those are: Beloit, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Sheboygan, Superior, Waukesha, and West Allis-West Milwaukee.
“School leaders in all nine districts have spoken out against the plan, saying it would devastate their budgets and shift students into private schools that aren’t held to the same accountability measures as public schools.”
My last clarification or question relates to this statement: “When I see letters from our educators expressing concern over our under-achieving education system and offering ways to fix it, I will decrease my skepticism.”
I don’t think that Ms. Andrist is a teacher.
|Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:05 PM|
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