As I read the headlines in today’s Milwaukee Journal, I am not surprised the least bit surprised.
The taxpayers are once again bearing the burden for government greed.
Shift in voucher funding sought
The man who likes to call himself the “education” governor is once again proving that educating children is not important to him.
Milwaukee Mayor Barrett is fussing over the fact that the school voucher program that sends public school children to private schools for a better education is costing the Milwaukee taxpayers even more. I cannot blame the Mayor for being upset, he is right.
Let us start with a few basic facts first.
A child gets a better education at a private school than they do at a public school. I do not think there is any doubt about this statement. There is a reason that many parents sacrifice so much extra money in order to send their kids to private schools.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Milwaukee taxpayer is paying about $2000 per pupil to send kids to public school and $2975 per pupil to send kids to private school.
The reason this is such an outrage is that funding these private school vouchers costs the taxpayers less, not more.
In the ’05-06 school year, it costs $11,885 in Milwaukee to send a child to public school. In that same time frame, it costs $6610 for vouchers to send them to private schools.
Wow- it is actually $5275 per pupil less to send a child to a private school and the child will get a better education!
Why are the cost savings for sending kids to a private school using the voucher system not being passed on to the state taxpayers?
After all year after year, not only the Milwaukee taxpayers, but all Wisconsin taxpayers are paying more and more out for educating students.
Clearly, it appears that the Governor and the state are absorbing the cost savings in the voucher program, then turning around and raising our taxes to fund public schools each year. On top of that, they are forcing the local government to increase property taxes and school taxes because they are not funding as much as they should fund.
Every taxpayer in the state is being raided because the Governor Doyle and the Democrats. All of us pay state taxes, after all.
When there was an opportunity to fix this problem a few weeks ago, every single Democrat in the Joint Finance Committee actually voted against fixing the problem.
What is stunning about all of this is that Governor Jim Doyle likes to call himself the “education” governor.
However, children are getting a better education by using the school choice system and still the governor and the Democrats are against fully funding the program.
Why is that? Why are the “education” governor and the Democrats against fully funding the school choice program?
That answer is simple.
WEAC does not like the school choice program.
As long as WEAC continues to fund Governor Doyle and the Democrats, a child’s education will take a back seat.
Here is a perfect opportunity to provide Wisconsin’s children with a better education and it actually costs less.
Instead of taking this opportunity, Governor Doyle and the Democrats would rather concern themselves with whether or not WEAC will continue to fund their future political aspirations.
The future of Wisconsin’s children are not the Governor’s priority, WEAC is!