Teachers’ Unions Panic as Scott Walker Moves to Expand School Vouchers

The entire teachers union-education complex rests on forcible taxpayer subsidies for a public school establishment that negotiates with the politicians it selects for huge benefits.

To understand how much of a disaster this is for education, let’s take a look at just one set of numbers from Battleground Wisconsin

The two districts, and Milwaukee Public Schools in particular, made so many unfunded promises to employees in the pre-Act 10-era, that taxpayers today pay more in retiree benefits in the two districts than the entire statewide cost of educating the nearly 25,000 students in the voucher program.

“We have a very high cost model to deliver education,” Rep. John Klenke, R-Green Bay, “We will be paying, through our retirement system, for 1.5 people outside of the classroom for every one person in the classroom, if we don’t change,”

Wisconsin Educrats are panicking over Governor Scott Walker’s plan to expand vouchers to underperforming school districts, a plan which currently has majority support. And those numbers show some really bad news for the Educrats.

A Marquette University law school poll on Tuesday said 52 percent of respondents would like to see the voucher program expanded statewide or at least in larger districts with some underperforming schools. And 42 percent want it frozen or ended altogether.

That underperforming aspect is the truly dangerous angle for the Educrats who are rushing to claim that the performance numbers for schools are wrong or misleading.

There is a reason why teachers’ unions oppose standardized ratings. Hard numbers highlight performance and mandate reforms.

Scott Walker is proposing to give parents an exit strategy from broken schools, but those broken schools are the bread and butter of the Educrats who can use their failures as bottomless money pits.

Educrats complain that rating schools makes them competitive, which is apparently a bad thing, an opinion that helps explain why so many Madison schools aren’t.

The performance differences and the spending differences between the broken public school system and voucher schools are obvious.

The entire budget for the Milwaukee and Racine voucher programs was about $158 million last year. For comparison, Racine Unified, which has about 21,000 students, will spend some $314 million this year.

Governor Walker is moving slowly and proposing voucher reforms that align with what parents in specific areas want. As a survivor of the Battle of Madison, Scott Walker knows how manipulative Educrats are in using children as human shields. And the only defense against that tactic is parental involvement.

Like most parasites, the educracy is killing its host, draining insane amounts of money and demanding more. The situation has gotten bad enough that support for charter schools has become a mainstream liberal position. As liberals increasingly embrace charter schools as a hedge against the Educrats, it may be time for Republican governors to follow Scott Walker’s lead on school vouchers.


  • Ar'nun

    Scott Walker is a brave man. And the best thing about it is there is always hard data available that proves he is doing the right things or has done the right things. Scott Walker 2016???

  • Spikey1

    Milwaukee High School, Great school ratings:
    Scale 1-10 with 10 being the highest / best

    Note: 98 Total High Schools

    The top 5 schools are either private or religious affiliated all scoring from a 6 to a 9.
    The first place public school scores a 5 and it is the only public school to score a 5.
    Two public schools scored 4's
    Two public schools scored 3's
    Four public schools scored 2's
    The remainder of the public schools scored 1's

    They basically have no where to go but up or gone.

  • BLJ

    Yes for school vouchers. The public school system in this country sucks. The Left has hijacked it and the type of "education" these kids are getting is better suited for the old Soviet Union.

  • Mary Sue

    The educrats are afeared of losing their hooks in the kids that indoctrinate them.

  • Arlie

    Scott Walker is an economic hero!

  • pyeatte

    Left-wing, anti-American indoctrination is a poison in our society, and the only way to rid ourselves of this scourge is with charter schools. The teachers union will never do that.

    • truebearing

      There many thousands of idiots down there, just as poorly informed and just as stupid, yet they purport to teach others.

      • truebearing

        OOOPS! I meant to reply to USC Panther….but while I'm here… I agree with pyeatte, too.

  • UCSPanther

    I have to laugh at that one idiot holding up that sign about Hitler abolishing unions.

    Obviously fails to realize that communist countries outlaw unions as well…

    • EarlyBird

      That's called "Argumentum Hitlerum Infinitum." If you have to bring Hitler into it, you've probably got a weak argument.

  • truebearing

    During the Walker Wars over Act 10 (the demise of collective extortion), I had the pleasure of debating some of Wisconsin's "educators" during a Tea Party on the square. The only thing they appeared to be qualified to teach, or should I say demonstrate, was the non sequitur. They were basically a mob of poorly educated, rude, obnoxious, self-righteous morons. Oh… and dishonest.

    We Tea Partiers were outnumbered that day, at least by body count. They had somewhere near 60,000 people and we had about 10,000, but we still won in total IQ points.

    The proven success of reigning in collective extortion has the leftist teachers in a panic. School districts all over the state saw immediate refief from the legislation and went from deficits to large surpluses in a matter of months. The same success will occur with vouchers, and as they have so abundantly proven, if there is anything the leftist teacher's hate, it is putting the needs of the students over their own avarice.

  • Dapandico

    Educrats complain that rating schools makes them competitive
    Stop keeping track of the wins and losses in sports, make it equal for all teams.

  • thebuckwheat

    In some urban districts, it now costs in excess of ONE MILLION DOLLARS to graduate a single student who is competent at their grade level in all required subjects. The public school business model is broken. We do not have the luxury any more of throwing money at this system. Parents must be allowed to find other ways to achieve better results. Allowing parents to send their own children to whatever private school that wants to compete for their business is a concept whose time is way overdue. Vouchers make that possible.

  • JacksonPearson

    LMAO…Whenever Gov. Walker sneezes, public employee union pee all over themselves.

    • truebearing

      Are you saying they get "all wee-wee'd up?"

      • JacksonPearson

        Yep…they wet all over themselves.