Wisconsin Voters Return Bipartisan School Choice Majorities to Madison

Nov 9, 2016 | Press Release

The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice touted significant wins tonight in Wisconsin, showing that parents and communities across the state are embracing education reform and are defending parents’ fundamental right to choose the school that is best for their children.

In races that AFC actively participated in with independent expenditures, candidates won all six of six. AFC also supported an additional 35 candidates through direct contributions, where 34 candidates have won, with the last race still too close to call.

The American Federation for Children is proud to defend and expand the ranks of school choice supporters in the Wisconsin Legislature. Legislators will go into the next legislative session with bipartisan majorities in favor of school choice in both houses.

These victories come despite considerable spending by the opposition. The Greater Wisconsin Committee spent over $179,000 running attack ads against Rep. Todd Novak for his support of school choice. Former Representative Mandy Wright, Jack Redmond, Jeff Wright, David Gorski, and Alicia Leinberger made villainizing school choice a central theme of their campaign. The voters in these swing districts rejected this antiquated approach to education and supported candidates who believe every child deserves to attend the school that best meets their needs.

“We know parents want their children to have access to the best education possible,” said Justin Moralez of the American Federation for Children. “Tonight’s election results reflect our state wide polling from earlier this year showing a majority of Wisconsinites support school choice.” A May 2016 poll showed54% of likely Wisconsin voters support the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.

Our survey data backed up the conclusion of a recently released internal Democratic memo showing many Democrats support school choice,” remarked Moralez.

Tonight’s election results, and the results of the August primaries, demonstrate that Democrats in competitive races, who opposed school choice, lost big.

“After twenty-six years of choice in Wisconsin, it appears time to finally put the debate to rest. The voters clearly believe school choice is working,” stated Moralez.

Final election results can be found here.

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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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