Today’s the big day for the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. They’re trying to cram in as much business as possible so that you and I won’t have time to sort through the details and respond to them. It may take a day, it may take a few days. But I predict a full and robust public debate on the final issues is not going to happen. Apparently they’re going to take up whatever m...
As I wrote in this week’s paper, a new Forward Institute report questioned whether the state’s education funding formula is providing a constitutionally required “sound basic education.” Looks like the Forward Institute isn’t the only one with these concerns. Today, Bambi Statz, executive director of the Association for Equity of Funding, released a statement on her concerns whether ...
Are taxpayers really getting their bang for their buck when it comes to funding school vouchers? The short answer from the Forward Institute is no. The new, progressive public policy research organization released its comprehensive report today on Wisconsin’s education funding and poverty and it’s well worth a close read. A portion of the report examines taxpayer funding for voucher scho...
The first few months in office are never easy for a
young, energetic, idealistic state legislator who’s a member of the minority
party and shut out of the majority party’s decision-making process. But despite
a “reality check” or
Wealthy supporters of school vouchers lavished an
eye-popping $10 million on Wisconsin campaigns in the past 10 years, spending
half of that amount in 2011 and 2012 alone, according to a new analysis by the