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What the heck is going on with Wisconsin public education? - Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post

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Scott Walker has a destructive plan he calls  'reform.' He (acting through the legislature) is holding funding for public schools flat (he wanted to cut it); he is increasing funding for charter schools and vouchers; he is imposing draconian budget cuts on the U. of Wis. system; lowers standards for entry into teaching. One analysis says the voucher expansion proposal would drain $800 million from public schools over a 10-year period.The state Department of Public Instruction released this critique  of the latest assault on the teaching profession. 'Legislative action slides teacher licensing standards toward the bottom without a hearing. It completely disregards the value of the skills young men and women develop in our educator training programs and the life-changing experiences they gain through classroom observation and student teaching. 

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