Lawmakers who have power over nearly half of public education funds suggest “opening your doors” to all students.
A still unknown number of school superintendents across Wisconsin are receiving a letter from top Assembly Republicans –the people who control the purse strings to state education funds – strongly urging them to consider reopening their schools rather than opting for virtual learning this fall, according to a copy of the letter obtained by UpNorthNews.
The letter is being criticized as a power grab and a potential risk to educators’ and students’ health.
Dated July 29, the letter is signed by 47 of the Assembly’s 63 Republican members, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester; Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna; and Assistant Majority Leader Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma.
In it they say the state is “minimally obligated” to provide a sound education to state students and ask the superintendents “to consider opening your doors this fall to provide every student with an in-class experience….”
August 3, 2020 Madison, WI “Health Over Profits” Car Caravan to the State Capitol Photo: Joe Brusky