Rep. Pocan calls private school voucher system a ‘wasteful, failing experiment’

In a column in the Progressive Magazine, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) thoughtfully and thoroughly lays out the case against the careless and costly expansion of private school vouchers in Wisconsin.

“Having served fourteen years in the Wisconsin state legislature before coming to Congress, I had a front-row seat to witness the growth of the nation’s first and largest taxpayer-funded voucher experiment. Our state was an unfortunate leader in the current march toward corporations and wealthy individuals privatizing our public education system,” he writes.

“Wisconsin now has more than 32,000 students statewide enrolled in its voucher plan, even though approximately three-quarters of the new students receiving that public money were already attending private schools. Now they are just doing so on the taxpayers’ dime. States across the country are draining funds from public schools that educate the vast majority of our children and diverting it to a few students in private schools.

“And while state governments are spending millions of taxpayer dollars on these schools, there is virtually no proof that voucher programs are effectively educating our kids. These schools have far less accountability and lower standards than public schools.”

After further discussing voucher school failures and lack of standards and accountability, Pocan concludes:

“It is unconscionable for taxpayers to continue funding two duplicative education systems, particularly when the one can cherry-pick students and ignore educational standards and dodge showing proof they are working.

“We need to have the federal Department of Education clarify the necessary steps to ensure proper oversight of this program, which appears to be a wasteful, failing experiment. After all, this should be about quality education for our kids.”

Read the entire column at Progressive.com:

The Privatization of Public Education is Failing Our Kids | The Progressive

H aving served fourteen years in the Wisconsin state legislature before coming to Congress, I had a front-row seat to witness the growth of the nation’s first and largest taxpayer-funded voucher experiment. Our state was an unfortunate leader in the current march toward corporations and wealthy individuals privatizing our public education system.

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Rep. Pocan calls private school voucher system a ‘wasteful, failing experiment’

In a column in the Progressive Magazine, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) thoughtfully and thoroughly lays out the case against the careless and costly expansion of private school vouchers in Wisconsin.