Playing politics with school kids
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Columnist Eugene Kane has a column today based on an interview with Howard Fuller, a Milwaukee School Choice advocate. In it Mr Fuller laments:
Fuller said he has laid it on the line in private conversations withBut that is just what many Republicans do.
Republican groups that support school choice. "I told them, 'You can't just vote for school choice and then vote against everything else that black people need to better themselves.' " He mentioned affirmative action and anti-poverty programs as examples of policies that many Republicans oppose while still wanting credit for their support of school choice.
Fuller also says that he is angry that Governor Doyle is only trying to appease the teachers union since he won't support blowing the cap on this program. Doyle is trying to bring some accountability to how our tax dollars are being spent in this program and is asking those wishing to expand the program to work with him on that issue. Hmmm, accountability for how tax dollars are spent. Now when do we hear that rally cry? Oh, from Republicans every time anti-poverty programs come up in the state budget.
And what group would be fighting for equal educational opportunities more than the folks that are in the classrooms? The teachers of this state can see that the school choice program is giving a few students the chance to succeed while too many others are left behind in schools without the resources to provide a good education.
Check out the Folkbum blog to see three different ways one of the statements in Kane's column is wrong.