ON-Lion Letter

In late June, the Wisconsin Public Education Network held a news conference at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., calling for adjustments to K-12 and special-education funding in Wisconsin.

"Not surprisingly, a group of people directly and indirectly connected to the public education funding stream gathered today to ask for more money," according to a response from Jim Bender, president of School Choice Wisconsin (SCW) in Milwaukee.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supports SCW.

"With teacher union employees, public school teachers, retired public school teachers and public school employees all represented, the group complained mightily about the current funding increase in the budget as being insufficient," Bender continued. 

"They also railed against the expansion of the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, even though the measured approach by the legislature would only allow for less than 1% of education funding over the next decade to go towards the program.

"Their request was simple:  more money, less competition," he concluded.

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