School Choice Now! is the official blog of the American Federation for Children, the nation's voice for educational choice. We seek to improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Join the Fight Against Special Interests in Wisconsin!
Tempers are still extremely hot in Wisconsin, where earlier this week began the process of recalling a host of state senators. Recall elections aren’t especially common in the United States. Many may “recall” (pun intended) how it was a recall election that vaulted Arnold Schwarzenegger into the governorship in California eight years ago, but cases like those are rare—in many states, specific grounds of misconduct in office are required to initiate the recall process.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Wisconsin.
As a result, just a few thousand people can initiate the process in the Badger State, ultimately costing taxpayers thousands of dollars for no reason other than sour grapes. And it’s not just taxpayers who suffer, but kids all across the state, too. This time, specials interests are diverting attention away from actual, tangible benefits for kids—like the recent expansion and extension of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program signed by Gov. Scott Walker—and instead spending millions to recall the very legislators who helped make the historic school choice expansion a reality in the first place.
One of those legislators is State Sen. Alberta Darling, a staunch supporter of educational options who helped pass last month’s expansion of the country’s oldest voucher program. She’s under attack from those out to maintain the status quo, and we here at the American Federation for Children are here to stick up for a champion of choice, and most importantly, a champion for kids. Take a look at the video below to hear the truth about a great leader in the fight for school choice and education reforms, from the people most involved in working for kids every day:
But it’s going to take much more than the words from great teachers to counteract the endless attacks being bankrolled by school choice opponents in Wisconsin.
And that’s where you come in.
By the August 9 election date, we need to make clear to people across the state that we can’t be bullied by opponents. We need to make clear that politics is not a reason to strip kids of the opportunities all children in this country deserve. We need to make clear that our kids can’t afford it.
We can’t do it without you, and neither can the children who depend on school choice to rescue them from the failing schools.
People like Sen. Darling have done the right thing, standing up for kids their whole lives, and now they’re under attack. Let’s show her opponents that despite their attempts to fracture our coalition, we stand together!