Students heading back to school this week are doing so in the shadow of a nonpartisan report that estimates the private school vouchers pushed by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature will cost Wisconsin taxpayers over $1.18 billion by the end of the 2016–17 fiscal year. In addition, the state treasury will take a $30 million per year hit from a tax giveaway to parents already sending their kids to private schools.
The following statement is from Racine teacher Betsy Kippers, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council:
“This casts a dark shadow over the start of a new school year. Over $1 billion could have provided more opportunities and more one-on-one attention to children in our neighborhood public schools, but instead it is being used to pay back voucher lobbyists. While educators are busy dedicating themselves to students, it is clear children are not on the minds of the governor and Republicans in the state legislature who support this billion-dollar waste.”