Christian Schneider is a columnist for JSonline. He is also a paid shill of the Bradley Foundation and for some reason the Journal Sentinel has decided to keep giving him column inches to spread his
Schneider was a blogger for the JS and broke the Kyle Wood story. Wood was a troubled kid who said Mark Pocan's husband beat him up because he worked for his opponent. The right wing echo chamber, led by Schneider, could not get that story out fast enough. The problem though is it was not true. Schneider then
Recently, Schneider called Senator Feingold worse than a child predator in a column to no repercussions, as David Haynes feels that helps advance the marketplace of ideas(Scott Walker is the only untouchable political figure in WI).
Now Schneider is out with one of his regular, public education sucks and vouchers are the way to go columns. As is typical Schneider, facts do not matter.
While it is all gobbledy gook, one paragraph was particular telling:
Finally, let's suppose Wisconsin had an educational system rife with racism and bias. Wouldn't the best idea be to get those minority kids out of the existing framework and into schools that can better address their specific needs? In other words, exactly what the private school choice program does for poor children? If one thinks the achievement gap is caused by the status quo, simply pumping more dollars into that educational system would seem to only exacerbate the gap.Let us break it down.
Finally, let's suppose Wisconsin had an educational system rife with racism and bias. - Our public education system is absolutely NOT rife with racism and bias and there is not any evidence that Schneider can point to that would say it is.
Wouldn't the best idea be to get those minority kids out of the existing framework and into schools that can better address their specific needs?
The best idea would be to address the fact that under Scott Walker and Republican gerrymandered rule, Wisconsin is the worst state in the country to be African American in and poverty is increasing all over the state. The best way to address minority kids specific needs is to bring jobs back to WI and address the poverty problem.
In other words, exactly what the private school choice program does for poor children?
The private choice program is not whatsoever, nor has it ever, been designed to address the specific needs of minority children. Ever. It is designed simply to be able to allow some people to cash in on the public education money that previously went to the kids. The Education Reformers are just mining to fill their panning equipement with public education dollars.
It is no small irony that Schneider wrote his column on the same day that a Federal Report was issued about the million dollars of fraud and waste in charter schools.