Scott Walker’s Record on Privatization

From educating our children to incarcerating criminals and everything in between Gov. Scott Walker is willing to outsource public functions to private contractors. That his dogmatic dedication to privatization has often left workers losing wages and benefits while taxpayers pay more for the same or reduced services and get less accountability matter little.

No wonder when you realize Walker has handsomely padded his campaign account with contributions from the beneficiaries of his willingness to hand over public tax dollars to private business. As a state legislator Walker defended shipping Wisconsin prisoners to private facilities in other states, despite serious questions about how these facilities operated and pushed to build a private prison in Wisconsin. As Governor he’s led the charge to expand a private voucher school industry that is taking millions of tax dollars out of public schools.

All along Walker benefited from the financial largesse of the privatization special interests, including his campaign co-chair who heads one of the biggest funders of right-wing, pro-privatization propaganda the Bradley Foundation.

This report exposes the web of right-wing funders advancing a radical school privatization agenda through the use of Wisconsin-based front groups, with special focus on the Bradley Foundation, headed by Scott Walker's campaign co-chair Michael Grebe. []

There is a long-held belief among many conservatives that public schools are simply not an appropriate role of government and should be privatized through the use of vouchers. One of the staunchest supporters of this extreme view is Gov. Scott Walker. []

Liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, which opposes school vouchers, described the makeup of the task force as being “packed” with voucher supporters, executive director Scot Ross said in a statement. The group pointed to $20,000 in campaign contributions that went to the GOP members of the committee from pro-voucher groups. []

While studies of the voucher program have failed to demonstrate higher achievement for students, pandering to the voucher industry has been lucrative for career politician Scott Walker’s campaign account. []

For the years in which Federal IRS records are available for both the Bradley Foundation and WILL, 2011 and 2012, Bradley funds accounted for over 90 percent of the total money WILL reported raising. []

While Walker refuses to answer if he continues to direct a scheme to avoid campaign laws, the right-wing mega-funder Bradley Foundation’s chief Michael Grebe, might have the answer. []

Seventy-five percent of the students applying for a taxpayer funded voucher are not coming from public schools, including 67% who were already in private schools. []

Right-wing finger-pointing over reports of University of Wisconsin System surpluses is distracting from the real crisis, the trillion dollar plus student loan debt crisis. []

MADISON, Wis. — Governor Scott Walker failed to tackle Wisconsin’s jobs crisis – posting six straight months of job losses here while nationally jobs are being added – and is now poised... []

A comprehensive analysis entitled “D is for Dismantle,” authored by the non-partisan One Wisconsin Institute shows that despite claims from Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin schools are not failing, instead his budget cuts and disastrous education policies endanger our proud tradition of excellent schools. []