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In the Public Interest: The Best Choice is a Public School; Diane Ravitch, Jermey Mohler

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Jeremy Mohler of the nonpartisan group In the Public Interest writes that the best choice is great, well-funded public schools. The flaw of market-based choice is that competition guarantees winners and losers. Here’s what school choice really  means: every family should be able to make their neighborhood school their top choice, and every school should be a first choice for equal educational opportunity. The well-funded, conservative  school choice movements don’t agree with real choices. R esearch shows each new charter school diverts money from districts. Most states continue to spend less on education than they did 10 years ago. More than half of the country’s public schools need repairs. Nationally, teacher pay is so low, nearly 1 in 5 teachers works a 2nd job. Allowing more charter schools to open threatens the existence of by-right, neighborhood public schools. 

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Wisconsin Gave DeVos and Pence the Cold Shoulder for "School Choice Week"!

Wisconsin and Ohio have the oldest school choice programs in the United States. Milwaukee's voucher program is 30 years old and the Cleveland Voucher Program is 24 years old. Both states have expanded vouchers statewide beyond the two cities where they began. It ought to be a red flag that in these two states with the oldest programs, National School Choice Week may have been more contentious than anywhere else in the country.
Neither Pence nor DeVos was welcomed by the Capital Times in Madison, which editorialized: "Pence parrots the talking points of the wealthy campaign donors he has always served". That's what Pence did Tuesday in Madison" Pence was promoting ongoing efforts to undermine public education with the usual cabal of billionaire-funded advocates for the agenda of the Trump-Pence administration's 'school choice' agenda" Out-of-state billionaires like DeVos and politicians like Pence have for years targeted Wisconsin in their efforts to promote 'school choice' initiatives. They got traction when one of their lackeys, Republican Gov. Scott Walker, was in office. But Walker, a Pence crony, was swept out of office in 2018 by a supporter of public education, Democrat Tony Evers."

National School Choice Week in Wisconsin Last week Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos went to Madison, Wisconsin's capital city, to honor National School Choice Week, a celebration of vouchers and charter schools that was established and is promoted every year by groups like the American Federation for Childrenthe group DeVos herself helped found and to which she has regularly donated generouslyand Jeb Bush's ExcelinEd. Pence and DeVos were not welcomed by Wisconsin's Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who skipped the event altogether. Before he was elected governor, Evers was the state's Superintendent of Public Instruction, and before that he was a public school educator. Evers has devoted his career to leading and promoting the state's public schools.

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