Wisconsin Republican legislators in the Assembly have introduced a proposal to open many more charters across the state, as well as to increase the number of authorizers of new charters. The new charters would take funding away from existing public schools and would be non-union. This legislation continues the radical assault on public education in Wisconsin and the extremist drive to privatize public education.

At present, most of the state’s nearly 200 charter schools are operated by districts and staffed with district employees. The proposed legislation would eliminate these charters, which might become magnet schools.

Similar legislation was previously rejected by the Senate Republican caucus.

There is always hope that moderate Republicans will slow the radicals’ efforts to destroy public education in Wisconsin. In most towns, the public school is a traditional, revered institution. True conservatives don’t blow up traditional institutions.

Think about it:

“When you wage war on the public schools, you’re attacking the mortar that holds the community together. You’re not a conservative, you’re a vandal.”

― Garrison Keillor, “Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America”