ON-Lion Letter

In July, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) in Milwaukee released another policy brief to debunk the oft-used talking points of school-choice opponents.  The recently passed state budget included several changes to Wisconsin-s long-running choice program, including expanding the availability of vouchers to families across Wisconsin and how the program is funded.

For years, defenders of the education status quo and opponents of education reform have been falling back on talking points in attempts to discredit the success of the program and rollback the gains families are making.

WILL’s most-recent policy brief lays out the most-frequent arguments used in opposition to Wisconsin's choice program and then methodically dispenses them.

"Too often, rhetoric and talking points," notes economist Marty Lueken, WILL's education research director, are "given priority over facts.  This inhibits an honest discussion about education policy, and what should be a universal desire by parents, policymakers, and opinion leaders to craft policies that provide an education for children that meets their needs."

The policy brief addresses six of the most-common misconceptions about Wisconsin’s school-choice program -- from the assertion that private schools in the choice program are unaccountable to the suggestion that somehow it provides an inferior education to traditional public schools or that these schools do not educate children with disabilities.
 
"It's important that in the debate surrounding education reform," Lueken concludes, "advocates and opponents work from the same set of facts.  This policy brief lays out truths about the program and can serve as a starting point as the changes the Legislature has made to K-12 education policy" are implemented.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports WILL.

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