Bob Peterson: What Scott Walker Will Do to Public Education

Diane Ravitch's blog

Bob Peterson describes what Scott Walker intends to do to public schools and higher education in Wisconsin. Since he plans to run for the Republican nomination for President, it is important to know his views on education.

He is a zealot for school choice and privatization. He doesn’t like public schools or universities. He thinks that taxpayers should foot the bill for religious education. He believes that the purpose of education is workforce training. He is contemptuous of liberal learning. He is proud of his disdain for free inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge.

Peterson writes:

“Buried within the budget are 135 non-budget policy items — a toxic cocktail of attacks on public education, democracy, environmental protections and labor rights.

“For Wisconsin’s schools, the budget is a blueprint for abandoning public education. In Milwaukee, in addition to insufficient funding, the budget includes a “takeover” plan that increases privatization and decreases…

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A Charter Teacher, Fired for Trying to Organize a Union

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I received the following letter from a teacher at a charter school, who was recently fired for her efforts to start a union.

Kate Connors writes:

I was excited when I accepted the teaching position at New Dawn Charter High School, in Brooklyn, NY. It was the 2012-2013 school year, the school’s opening year. The teachers reported to work in mid August for orientation. I immediately liked my colleagues and was happy to be working with them. During the orientation, we attended workshops led by the principal that addressed the school’s expectations, lesson planning, and preparing for the school year. At the end of one of these days, the principal told us to dress comfortably for the next day, that we had to get the school ready for the students. Because the school was brand new, the four-story building was still not furnished. On the first floor, in the cafeteria…

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Milwaukee Democratic Legislators Oppose State Takeover of Public Schools

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Milwaukee Democratic legislators wrote a letter to their colleagues urging them to oppose the state takeover of low-performing Milwaukee public schools. Any students of a school taken over would be transferred to the control of a charter operator or a voucher school. This is not “reform,” it is privatization.

Ironically, the public schools of Milwaukee perform as well as, or in many cases, better than the local charter schools and voucher schools.

What would be fair, if the Legislature passes the takeover bill, would be a mandatory transfer of students in low-performing charter schools and voucher schools back to the public schools.

It would create chaos, but “reformers” love disruption. Fair?

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URGENT ACTION NEEDED to Stop the Takeover of MPS

URGENT! The full legislature will be taking up the state budget this week and we need to demand the removal of the harmful Takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools from the budget.

PLEASE send emails, leave voice mails or directly contact legislators to DEMAND the TAKEOVER OF MPS be TAKEN OUT OF THE BUDGET.

Wisconsin State Legislative Contacts


Gov. Scott Walker, (608) 266-1212,,

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), (608) 266-9171,

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau),

(608) 266-5660,

State Assembly Representatives

Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha), (608) 266-8580,

Rep. Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva), (608) 266-1190,

Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan), (608) 266-8077,

Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), (608) 266-5504,

Rep. Mandela Barnes (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-3756,

Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison), (608) 266-3784,

Rep. Kathleen Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls), (608) 266-9172,

Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse), (608) 266-5780,

Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam), (608) 266-2540,

Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-7671,

Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), (608) 267-2367,

Rep. Edward Brooks (R-Reedsburg), (608) 266-8531,

Rep. Robert Brooks (R-Saukville), (608) 267-2369,

Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-0650,

Rep. Dave Considine (D-Baraboo), (608) 266-7746,

Rep. David Craig (R-Big Bend), (608) 266-3363,

Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma), (608) 266-7694,

Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau), (608) 266-7015,

Rep. Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska), (608) 266-0631,

Rep. James Edming (R-Glen Flora), (608) 266-7506,

Rep. Bob Gannon (R-Slinger), (608) 264-8486,

Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay), (608) 266-0616,

Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-0645,

Rep. David Heaton (R-Wausau), (608) 266-0654,

Rep. Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie), (608) 266-7678,

Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton), (608) 266-5340,

Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh), (608) 266-2254,

Rep. Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago), (608) 266-5715,

Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), (608) 267-9836,

Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere), (608) 266-9870,

Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown), (608) 266-9650,

Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake), (608) 267-2365,

Rep. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-5580,

Rep. Andy Jorgensen (D-Milton), (608) 266-3790,

Rep. Robb Kahl (D-Monona), (608) 266-8570,

Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), (608) 266-3007,

Rep. Terry Katsma (R-Oostburg), (608) 266-0656,

Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem), (608) 266-2530,

Rep. Frederick Kessler (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-5813,

Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), (608) 266-5350,

Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), (608) 266-8551,

Rep. Daniel Knodl (R-Germantown), (608) 266-3796,

Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson), (608) 266-1526,

Rep. Debra Kolste (D-Janesville), (608) 266-7503,

Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield), (608) 266-9180,

Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum), (608) 266-9175,

Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa), (608) 266-0215,

Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin), (608) 267-5158,

Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford), (608) 267-0280,

Rep. Thomas Larson (R-Colfax), (608) 266-1194,

Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton), (608) 266-9967,

Rep. John Macco (R-Ledgeview), (608) 266-0485,

Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine), (608) 266-0634,

Rep. Beth Meyers (D-Bayfield), (608) 266-7690,

Rep. Nick Milroy (D-South Range), (608) 266-0640,

Rep. David Murphy (R-Greenville), (608) 266-7500,

Rep. Jeffrey Mursau (R-Crivitz), (608) 266-3780,

Rep. John Murtha (R-Baldwin), (608) 266-7683,

Rep. Lee Nerison (R-Westby), (608) 266-3534,

Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee), (608) 266-5120,

Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville), (608) 266-7502,

Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), (608) 266-2343,

Rep. Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha), (608) 266-0455,

Rep. Alvin Ott (R-Forest Junction), (608) 266-5831,

Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon), (608) 266-0486,

Rep. Kevin Petersen (R-Waupaca), (608) 266-3794,

Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva), (608) 266-0660,

Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains), (608) 266-3520,

Rep. Romaine Quinn (R-Rice Lake), (608) 266-2519,

Rep. Daniel Riemer (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-1733,

Rep. Keith Ripp (R-Lodi), (608) 266-3404,

Rep. Jessie Rodriquez (R-Franklin), (608) 266-0610,

Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah), (608) 266-5719,

Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-West Allis), (608) 266-0620,

Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), (608) 266-0960,

Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh), (608) 267-7990,

Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point), (608) 267-9649,

Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-8588,

Rep. Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin), (608) 266-8590,

Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield), (608) 266-1182,

Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit), (608) 266-1192,

Rep. David Steffen (D-Green Bay), (608) 266-5840,

Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), (608) 266-2418,

Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton), (608) 266-3070,

Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), (608) 266-7521,

Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), (608) 266-7141,

Rep. Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel), (608) 266-3097,

Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), (608) 266-5342,

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), (608) 266-3156,

Rep. Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc), (608) 266-0315,

Rep. Travis Tranel (R-Cuba City), (608) 266-1170,

Rep. Nancy VanderMeer (R-Tomah), (608) 266-8366,

Rep. Tyler Vorpagel (R-Plymouth), (608) 266-8530,

Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester), (608) 266-9171,

Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire), (608) 266-7461,

Rep. Thomas Weatherston (R-Caledonia), (608) 266-0731,

Rep. Leon Young (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-3786,

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee), (608) 267-7669,

Rep. Josh Zepnick (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-1707,

State senators

Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland), (608) 266-3510,

Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-8535,

Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay), (608) 266-0484,

Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), (608) 266-5830,

Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), (608) 266-6670,

Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee), (608) 266-9174,

Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), (608) 266-5660,

Sen. Richard Gudex (R-Fond du Lac), (608) 266-5300,

Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), (608) 266-5670,

Sen. Nikiya Harris Dodd (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-2500,

Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), (608) 266-7745,

Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-7505,

Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere), (608) 266-3512,

Sen. Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point), (608) 266-3123,

Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), (608) 266-5400,

Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), (608) 266-2056,

Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), (608) 266-0703,

Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona), (608) 266-9170,

Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls), (608) 266-7511,

Sen. Stephen Nass (R-Whitewater), (608) 266-2635,

Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), (608) 266-0751,

Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), (608) 266-2502,

Sen. Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville), (608) 266-2253,

Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison), (608) 266-1627,

Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton), (608) 266-0718,

Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), (608) 266-5490,

Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), (608) 266-7513,

Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), (608) 266-5810,

Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), (608) 266-2509,

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma), (608) 266-8546,

Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), (608) 266-2512,

Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), (608) 266-1832,

Sen. Robert Wirch (D-Kenosha), (608) 267-8979,