Who is the education governor?
Democrats are rolling out the big guns to take down Scott Walker. Bernie Sanders visited; Joe Biden is coming. (Hillary Clinton is still uploading her secret server Garmin.)
Former President Barack Obama came to Milwaukee Friday to campaign for Tony Evers, the Democrat challenging Walker for governor. What venue was chosen for this exercise in democracy? Milwaukee North Division High School.
Which is fitting, because Tony Evers is WI superintendent of public instruction, an elected position. And has been for the last eight years.
It is even more fitting because Milwaukee North Division High School is a failed public school. “Fails to meet expectations” on the Department of Public Instruction’s own grading system. The school gets a single star in a five star system. An overall score of 22.0 in a 100-point system.
By contrast, Madison’s four public high schools score 66.5.
Because Tony Evers cannot improve Wisconsin’s public schools, he wants to shut down the competition. He wants to choke off Wisconsin’s school choice program. That’s bad news for the 28,000 students (That’s more than attend Madison’s public schools) whose low-income and largely minority-race parents chose hope over failure.
Evers also promises to return schools to the un-tender mercies of the teachers union behemoth by unraveling the Act 10 collective-bargaining reforms. Under Gov. Tony Evers, teachers unions would once again dictate education policy.
That is why all the national attention on the Wisconsin governor’s race.
“Wisconsin’s economy is booming, but Democrats think they will finally beat the man who broke the public-union monopoly,” the Wall Street Journal reports today (10-27-18) in a feature-length article, “Scott Walker’s toughest campaign.”
The Journal’s Allysia Finley reports: “because of its bellwether status, Gov. Walker’s collective-bargaining reforms inspired a movement in Republican statehouses to rein in public unions, so Wisconsin is naturally ground zero in the Democrats’ revanchist campaign. If they beat Mr. Walker … progressives will be emboldened. As Wisconsin goes, so may America.”