School Choice Opponents Should Be Careful What They Wish For
My former colleague John Jagler, now State Representative John Jagler, has a warning for the opponents of school choice: Be Careful What You Wish For.
It's simple math. Last year it cost taxpayers roughly $13,000 to send a child to a Milwaukee public school. Because the district is so large, a majority of that money came from the rest of the state, not just taxpayers from Milwaukee. By comparison, taxpayers paid $6,400 for voucher students.
So if the choice program was wiped out by her magic wand, taxpayers would have to pay substantially more and, as a result, there would be much less money available in our district and the rest of the state.
That is exactly why Politifact and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel gave Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca a "False" rating when he said that lawmakers who supported choice expansion"voted to take funding away from their public schools in their districts to give it to private Milwaukee voucher schools."