Education Leaders React To GOP School Voucher Opposition
As Governor Walker pushes his budget forward to be passed, some Republicans are saying not so fast.
"These programs that are in the budget for vouchers are not acceptable to most of the Republican senators," said Sen. Mike Ellis (R).
The idea to expand the school voucher program has been an ongoing hot topic. Just last week the Green Bay Area school board also expressed concerns over the current proposal.
"There's a lot of concerning things in the budget that really have the potential to have long term devastating consequences to education," said Brenda Warren, President of the school board. "I'm glad to see that some of the senators are starting to think well maybe this isn't what we want to put forward."
While there are various concerns about the voucher program in the senate, there's strong support in the assembly.
"I don't think it will ever pass exactly the same as the Governor recommended it but I'm very optimistic that we're going to continue to make progress and that there are people who really want to give kids a chance at more options," said John Gard of School Choice WI.
Some of those opposed to the current proposal would like to see the voucher program modified.
"I just think it needs more a much longer conversation a much longer discussion between all of the involved parties," said Warren.
"It's important that people have a chance to express themselves but you know I think we got a long way to go," said Gard.
It's been just five days since an EF-5 tornado ripped through central Oklahoma. Officials estimate about 12,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed in the storm. It's also being blamed for the deathsMore >>
Support has been pouring in from all corners of the country, including from Wisconsin.More >>
The Food for Freedom food drive in Fond du Lac is trying to collect more than 560,000 pounds of food within 24 hours this weekend. Volunteers at this hour are unloading the cars dropping off food at FondMore >>
The Food for Freedom food drive in Fond du Lac attempts to collect more than 560,000 pounds of food within 24 hours this weekend.More >>
The 23rd annual Celebrate De Pere is in full swing this Memorial Day Weekend. The festival kicked off Saturday morning in Voyager Park. The main event Saturday afternoon was the annual Redneck Regatta,More >>
The 23rd annual Celebrate De Pere is in full swing this Memorial Day weekend.More >>
A five-year-old boy is dead this morning after being run over in a restaurant parking lot. It happened at about 8:30 p.m. outside Maximillian's Pub in the Village of Mount Calvary. The Fond du LacMore >>
The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department says a 35-year-old man was backing his pickup truck into a parking stall when the child ran behind the vehicle.More >>
Neenah Police arrest two men after an armed robbery overnight. Police tell us a masked man confronted a pizza deliveryman with a gun at about 11:30 p.m. last night on the 1600 block of Harrison StreetMore >>
The delivery man was unharmed, but the robber made off with pizzas and some cash.More >>
Encircled by the Patriot Guard, Saturday morning dozens gather in Appleton to remember the fallen. "We gather to honor all of our fallen brothers and sisters from this county and from all counties throughoutMore >>
Encircled by the Patriot Guard, Saturday morning dozens gather in Appleton to remember the fallen.More >>
Thousands of athletes joined victims of the Boston Marathon bombings to run and walk the last mile of the race Saturday, reclaiming the triumph of crossing the finish line.More >>
Rosy Spraker was only a half-mile from the finish line of her seventh Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. She received her medal later in the mail at her Lorton, Va., home. But she couldn't bring herself to wear it...More >>
Appleton police are in an apparent standoff with a man on Walden Avenue. Police can be heard on a bullhorn saying they have a felony arrest warrant for the man, and asking the man to come out of the home. PoliceMore >>
A SWAT team and K9 unit entered the house on Appleton's Walden Avenue late Friday night to arrest a 62-year-old man and execute a search warrant at his home. More >>