Courtesy of a statement by three State Senators. What's key here is that they're saying absence of choice in the budget is a deal breaker for them:
Choice Expansion Gets a Shot in the Arm
Waukesha – Senators Leah Vukmir (R- Wauwatosa), Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee), and Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) used an appearance by Governor Scott Walker to voice their strong support for aspects of the School Choice expansion plan, and went as far to say that their votes on the pending state budget depends solely on the inclusion of a provision expanding the Parental School Choice Program.
The Governor met a crowd of parents and students at La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha to rally in support of his plan to expand Wisconsin’s Parental School Choice Program.
“We have an opportunity to provide Wisconsin’s parents and students an option in their educational choices,” said Farrow. “Parents deserve the necessary tools to provide the best educational options for their children, and that is exactly what School Choice provides. It should be everyone’s goal to give every Wisconsin student regardless of their gender, race, or economic standing an opportunity to obtain a quality and effective education.”
“I have and will continue to support educational initiatives that create better options for parents and their children,” said Vukmir. “If schools are failing to meet expectations, it’s realistic for parents in those districts to be given a viable alternative for their kids.”
“I support the Parental School Choice Program because I believe that parents should have the right to select the best educational path to serve their child. Students should be allowed all the best resources they need to become productive and responsible leaders, regardless of their financial circumstances,” said Gudex.
Vukmir, Farrow, and Gudex feel that there is a majority of support to make amendments to the provision and strengthen the expansion plan statewide.
“Contrary to media reports, there is momentum to expand school choice,” said Vukmir. “The time has come to put the power back in the hands of those who know the best…the parents.”
“Much like the majority of the budget bill, the choice provision will have adjustments made to it,” said Farrow. “My ultimate goal is to see choice as an integral part of our education system that provides families the right to determine their child’s education that will prepare them for academic and personal success.”
The Legislature, through the work of the Joint Finance Committee, has recently completed the Public Hearing process of the 2013-2015 State Biennial Budget. The committee has just begun taking action on specific state agency requests and recommendations. The budget is expected to be passed and signed into law by late June.