My grandniece has had to use her phone's camera to photograph pages from a textbook for a homework assignment because her school does not have enough books to go around.
Teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma are striking and demonstrating because they have gone years without a pay raise, and Republican-run governments have gutted public education.
In Wisconsin, we can give several billion dollars of tax incentives to a foreign corporation with a shady record, but we demonize public employees such as teachers and place the burden of Republican tax cuts for the wealthiest people and corporations squarely on the shoulders of our public schools and our kids.
How much more self-destruction can we handle when education is critical to our nation's economic competitiveness?
Meanwhile, the architect of our starving schools, Gov. Scott Walker, is warning about a "blue wave" following Rebecca Dallet's overwhelming election to the state's Supreme Court. He claims the progressive message is one of resentment and "hate."
Republicans have feasted on resentment and hate for several decades. Perhaps, now the bill is coming due.
Mark Condon, Madison