A controversial proposal before Congress that would redirect federal Impact Aid funding away from public school districts and toward education savings accounts (ESAs) for students in military families is drawing criticism from the very families it is intended to benefit.
H.R. 5199, the Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act, would re-purpose federal Impact Aid funding into a voucher-like program that would create ESAs military families could use to cover various education expenses – including private school tuition and private tutoring. Continue reading Federal plan to create “voucher-like” program for military-connected students draws criticism
As results of the Nov. 8 election rolled in, Wisconsin Republicans increased their majorities in both houses of the state Legislature, gaining one seat in each house. State Republicans also captured the open 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by the retiring U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R- Sherwood), saw U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh) reelected, and witnessed Donald Trump carry the state and its 10 Electoral College votes on his way to the presidency. All incumbent Republicans on Tuesday’s ballot were reelected, a rare feat.
When the 2017-18 Legislative session begins in January, state Senate Republicans will enjoy a 20-13 advantage over Democrats in the upper House, up from the current 19-14 advantage they hold, while in the lower House state Assembly Republicans’ advantage will increase from 63-36 to 64-35. Continue reading State Republicans Savor Election Sweep, Democrats Return to the Drawing Board