Your Views: Mary Burke’s view on school choice is out of touch with state voters

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

State Rep. Jessie Rodriguez, R-Franklin, is speaking out about how wrong gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is on choice schools and tax credits. Burke would roll back the statewide expansion of the school choice program and eliminate the new private school tax deduction.

Even though taxpayers save by paying as little as 55 percent for Parental Choice schools compared to public schools, Burke wants to eliminate the tax deduction for private schools that amounts to a meager income tax cut of from $240 to $600 per child.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently released test results for public and private schools that participate in the choice programs. When analyzing economically disadvantaged kids in Milwaukee, the Parental Choice students outperformed the public school students in math, reading, language arts, science and social studies.

Rodriguez said the Parental Choice Program benefits thousands of low-income Latino families in Wisconsin and provides vital opportunities not otherwise available to them. It is imperative that Latino communities around the state acknowledge the differences between symbolic gestures and legislation that provides real-life opportunities.

Instead of opposing the right of parents to decide what is best for their children, Burke needs to put aside political games and focus on how she can support working families.

I agree with Gov. Walker that every child deserves access to a world-class education. Parents have the right to choose between public, private, charter, virtual or a home school. Burke is out of touch with Wisconsin voters.



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