School district fights state legislature's push to expand vouchers
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MEQUON - Shawn Osowski is a dad and plans to keep his kids in public schools, even if the state passes an expanded voucher program.
“I’m pro public schools.”
Mequon-Thiensville School Superintendent Demond Means is making a last minute plea to lawmakers to reconsider expanding school vouchers.
“This is bad government. This is not the way we should invest our taxpayer dollars. We are asking the proposal to expand statewide vouchers be pulled out of the budget process,” Means said.
He argues the public hasn’t had its say, and is calling on local leaders like State Senator Alberta Darling to act fast.
Darling explains the voucher program will stay in the budget.
“I’ve always been a supporter of public education and also of the voucher program, especially for low income families,” Darling said.
Parents like Mike Wagner agree and supports the expansion.
“The situation I see with the public schools is they see it as competition, nobody likes competition in any business. If they see it’s going to take money away from their budgets, that’s what they’re griping about,” Wagner said.