Vouchers

To the Editor:

Does the state of Wisconsin have an extra $30 million to spend on education? If we did, what would you spend it on? High speed internet for rural districts? Tech centers at the high school level to offer an alternative to college? A greenhouse for agriculture students to learn the latest techniques? Or would you spend it on an unpublished high CEO salary for a private voucher school?

I do not think we can afford to have two fully funded school systems in each city or town in Wisconsin. Right now we are spending $30 million to subsidize private schools in our state by giving tax credits for attending private schools. Wisconsin tuition income tax deduction is truly just vouchers in disguise, with an ALEC stated goal to increase the amounts. The election this fall has very high stakes for our public schools. Can we afford to drain money from them to fund private schools that will not teach climate change and have no accountability to taxpayers?

Steve Kestell and Dale Schultz supported accountability, and it got them effectively booted. 9th Senate District candidate, Martha Laning, a successful business woman, supports public schools. She does not support state tax dollars for a private school tax credit/ (voucher) program when some are not even succeeding at educating students to the level of our public schools. Ask all the candidates running for the 9th Senate District seat where they stand on this issue.

I urge all citizens to give careful consideration to private school tuition tax deductions/ (vouchers)by asking is it affordable and what will it do to the challenges of adequately funding public education.

Deb Klock
Plymouth


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