Once again, the State Journal editorial board leaves little doubt it has replaced the editorial board of The Capital Times. Private schools that enroll students in the Wisconsin Parental School Choice program don’t give up their legal status as private educational institutions regardless of what Sen. Luther Olsen or the editorial board opine in Wednesday's editorial, "Voucher schools need report cards."
A school choice voucher is an arrangement between a lower-income parent of a school-age child and the state. The number of students in the parental school choice program will never be a threat to the existence of public schools. However, the private schools and the home-school community have always been under threat from public school bureaucrats, liberal politicians of both parties and the union bosses at WEAC.
I support parental choice options in the public and private school systems. Many opponents of private school choice also work behind the scenes to destabilize the wildly popular Wisconsin Open Enrollment Program in the public schools.
What is the common denominator for the opponents of parental choice both public and private? Money and power!!! The worshipers of the education bureaucracy openly despise any reform path that grants power to individual families to make key decisions on the child's education. It would appear the opponents of parental choice care more about the money and power, than the educational success of every child.
Olsen claims Senate Bill 286 is an attempt at improving accountability. Hogwash! The bill’s core aim is to hand greater powers to the inept Department of Public Instruction and bully private schools making it less likely they will accept parental vouchers.
I will always fight for the rights of parents and children in education.
-- Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater