Public schools are the bedrock of our educational system, but here in Wisconsin they are in danger.
Local school officials have expressed their concerns publically, the Wisconsin State Journal has editorialized, “The GOP budget harms public education ...” and Gov. Walker has signaled his intent to greatly expand a “for profit” private school system also known as voucher schools.
One of Walker’s first steps on his assault of the public school system was an attempt to usurp the authority of the state superintendent of schools by making the position one appointed by the governor rather than elected by the people. Fortunately, our founding fathers included a provision in the state constitution that the superintendent be accountable to the people. The wisdom of that decision can be appreciated today by preventing a current governor, who has no degree or academic or practical credentials in education, from setting standards in the public school system.
As an accountant I can assure you that if the voucher school system is expanded in Wisconsin, it will cause an unbearable increase in taxes. Any entity cannot long endure financially a duplication or a doubling of systems. School districts with a voucher school and a public school will require two separate school buildings, their separate maintenance, transportation, separate sports programs and other fixed costs. Corporations have long known that duplication of plants or facilities decreases profits. Evidence of that accounting principle is revealed by the decision of a state business to close two plants this summer consolidating their production at other Wisconsin locations.
Remember also that voucher schools have different standards, no local control by a school board and their operation answers to the owner/investors who may not reside in Wisconsin. If you need further proof of the folly, if not danger to the education of our children, of Walker’s voucher school expansion, read: “Private School Voucher Expansion; The Wrong Choice for Wisconsin” by the Wisconsin School Administrators Alliance. http://wsaa.org/saainfo/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/SAA-Voucher-Memo-Letterhead-0214132.pdf.