Julie Underwood: Starving Public Schools; a look at School Spending
UW-Madison School of Education Dean Julie Underwood, via a kind reader's email:
Public schools," ALEC wrote in its 1985 Education Source Book, "meet all of the needs of all of the people without pleasing anyone." A better system, the organization argued, would "foster educational freedom and quality" through various forms of privatization: vouchers, tax incentives for sending children to private schools and unregulated private charter schools. Today ALEC calls this "choice"-- and vouchers "scholarships"--but it amounts to an ideological mission to defund and redesign public schools.
The first large-scale voucher program, the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, was enacted in 1990 following the rubric ALEC provided in 1985. It was championed by then-Governor Tommy Thompson, an early ALEC member, who once said he "loved" ALEC meetings, "because I always found new ideas, and then I'd take them back to Wisconsin, disguise them a little bit, and declare [they were] mine."
ALEC's most ambitious and strategic push toward privatizing education came in 2007, through a publication called School Choice and State Constitutions, which proposed a list of programs tailored to each state.
Posted by Jim Zellmer at July 26, 2011 9:27 PM
- Locally, via a kind reader's email, the Madison School District's preliminary budget plans to spend about $362,000,000 for 25,000 students, about $14,480 per student.. The District's budget has been largely flat for several years, after growing at 5.25% annually for some time.
- Was the $5 Billion Worth It? A decade into his record-breaking education philanthropy, Bill Gates talks teachers, charters--and regrets, Mea Culpa on Small Learning Communities; Does More Money Matter?; the article mentions that we spend about $600,000,000,000 annually on public education.
- How does Wisconsin compare?
- Several Wisconsin Senate recall elections occur in a few weeks. (WEAC has many links along with Madison Teachers, Inc, AFT-Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association.
- Chris Wilson: Two "simple" graphs reveal US Federal Government cash and debt positions.
- Wisconsin Ranks #4 in tax burden, Minnesota 7 and Massachusetts 11.
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