New Democratic Memo Confirms School Choice Support Strong with African American Community in Wisconsin

Oct 28, 2016 | Press Release

A recently disclosed email memo from Democratic consulting firm, The Atlas Project, confirmed that there is strong support for school choice within the African American community in Wisconsin.

The memo notes, “Many community leaders and African American ministers and pastors strongly support continuing this program… Although it has not yet cost Democrats votes, it is extremely important for Democrats to handle their politics and message on this issue very carefully.”

This newly revealed memo corroborates a recent state wide survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies. Their poll results found that 54% of all likely voters and 42% of self-identified Democrats support school choice.

“This should come as no surprise,” said Justin Moralez of the American Federation for Children. “As we continue to see increased enrollment growth and better test scores by choice students, families from all over Wisconsin are embracing the idea of education alternatives. We look forward to more Democratic leaders in office adhering to their constituent’s desire for educational opportunities.”

Jason Fields, a Democrat who will represent Milwaukee in the State Assembly next year, stated “The Democratic Party needs to reexamine itself as it relates to the support of African-Americans, you cannot say you’re with us, but then leave us in an environment where are children are not receiving a quality education.

Fields goes on to suggest, “When we look at what’s occurring in our community, and if we believe that education is the way out, Then the Dems need to question why so many of their so called faithful are waiting for them to actually catch up and support our rights as African Americans to obtain a great education.”

More information on The Atlas Project can be found here.


American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.


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Wisconsin Federation for ChildrenSaturday, February 24th, 2018 at 8:49am

Research once again shows school choice is working!

I support public schools and think we should be funding them. It’s easy for “ choice”schools to claim success when they don’t have to take the children who are more difficult to educate.
Because most of voucher users are already the rich and would already be headed to colleges. And handicapped and troubled kids are sent back to the public schools
they have booted out the "problem kids" and sent them back to the public schools who's funding has been cut because of the vouchers. When my kids were young you paid for the other schools out of your own pockets. there was no hand outs to pay for the "better" schools. And also paid taxes for schools too, and most getting the vouchers can afford to pay for the private schools. I stopped when I couldn't afford it any more and feel the kids got a better education out of going to public schools which offered more choices....
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