Fuller rails against Walker changes to school choice program

    One of the school choice movement’s leading advocates says he’ll drop his support if the changes Gov. Scott Walker proposes in his budget bill are approved.
    At the Joint Finance Committee public hearing in West Allis this week, Dr. Howard Fuller called out Walker’s budget proposal for "hijacking" the choice program.
    "I will fight this with everything I have," Fuller said. "I did not fight all these years for a program to give a subsidy to rich people. We shouldn’t have an America where only people with money have a choice."
    Fuller is suggesting that income eligibility for choice schools be tied to BadgerCare eligibility. He said that would make about 80 percent of the Milwaukee population eligible for the program.
    "It’s so outrageous what he’s talking about doing," Fuller said of Walker’s proposal.
    Walker’s proposal is getting support from other school choice advocates.
    Susan Mitchell, president of School Choice Wisconsin, praised Walker’s proposal to expand charter schools and the Milwaukee school voucher program as a “very bold move to give parents more choice in multiple ways.”
    Mitchell told “UpFront with Mike Gousha” the reforms would give “parents the freedom to choose the schools that are best for their children.”
    – WisPolitics.com

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