Sen. Jauch Calls Voucher Expansion an Assault on Public Education

By KBJR News 1

February 22, 2013 Updated Feb 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- Governor Walker supports a plan to provide vouchers to help pay for private school education.

The plan is drawing criticism from both lawmakers and administrators at the Superior school district.

While Governor Walker says his plan would help make public school more competitive and give parents more choice, dissenters are adamant his proposal will hurt students and teachers.

Gov. Walker wants to expand the voucher program to school districts with at least two underperforming schools or at least 4,000 students.

He says this plan will give students and parents the best set of options for the best education.

State Sen. Bob Jauch says this plan is an assault on the public education system, and expanding the voucher program instead of investing in public school education does nothing to help students.

Rep. Nick Milroy and officials from the Superior School District agree with Sen. Jauch, saying the voucher program has not been successful in other districts.

At a news conference Friday, Jauch did concede that Walker's budget does have some recommendations he agrees with concerning education.

"He has some language I suggested in his budget which shows he listened to us and it still needs to be worked out. But there is a number of things...it's not all terrible," said Jauch at a news conference at the Superior Middle School.

Jauch said the language in the budget pertaining to workforce development, including job training is something he supports.