Education Category Archive

  • Support for Betsy DeVos As Federal Education Secretary Another Lesson About John Humphries’ Priorities

    We’re Learning the Only Thing You Can Trust is That Humphries Will Put His Political Ambition Before Best Interests of Wisconsin Schools and Kids

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/19/2017
  • Walker Sends Letter in Support of DeVos for Education Head

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has sent a letter of support for Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary. Walker’s letter sent Monday to the leaders of the Senate committee that held her confirmation...

    Washington Times, 01/18/2017
  • Scott Walker Endorses Political Benefactor Betsy DeVos

    AFC has spent at least $4.5 million on campaigns to elect Republicans and other candidates who are proponents of school choice, according to One Wisconsin Now.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/17/2017
  • Wisconsin Superintendent Candidate Hired As Consultant

    [Scot Ross] said Humphries' decision to resign during the campaign "is putting his political ambitions before kids."

    Associated Press, 01/05/2017
  • Superintendent Candidate’s Contract Raises Questions

    "John Humphries is putting his political ambitions before kids," Executive Director Scot Ross said in an email to the Journal Sentinel.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/05/2017
  • Field Set for Private School Voucher Industry Campaign Cash Chase

    The race to appease the big spending private school voucher industry is on between candidates John Humphries and Lowell Holtz

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/04/2017
  • Tony Evers Faces Re-election Amid Big GOP Wins, Union Membership Losses

    Jenni Dye of One Wisconsin Now, which has studied the influence of pro-voucher groups on Wisconsin politics, said she expects heavy spending to defeat Evers.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/02/2016
  • John Humphries Wastes No Time Pledging Allegiance to Private School Voucher Cartel

    John Humphries has wasted no time in pledging his allegiance to the private school voucher cartel. He’s interested in the campaign cash of special interests.

    One Wisconsin Now, 12/02/2016
  • Trump’s DeVos Appointment Means More School Privatization, More Failure, Less Accountability

    Betsy DeVos has been a driving force for privatization of our schools. She’s used her family’s wealth to reward politicians who support her agenda.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/23/2016
  • Trump Taps SC Gov Haley and Charter School Backer DeVos

    “Betsy DeVos has been a driving force for the privatization of our public schools,” said Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now.

    Associated Press, 11/23/2016
  • Wisconsin School-choice Supporters Cheer DeVos Pick

    AFC spent almost $5 million on Wisconsin elections alone since 2010, according to liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, which railed against DeVos.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/23/2016
  • Why Would an Arkansas Billionaire Write Dan Feyen a $1,000 Check?

    While Jim Walton almost certainly never met Dan Feyen, it seems he’s acquainted with his willingness to sell out public schools to help private voucher schools.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/03/2016
  • Private School Voucher Special Interest Group Tops $1 Million in Campaign Spending to Elect Compliant Legislators

    American Federation For Children Spends Big to Try to Elect Legislators Who’ll Keep Public Tax Dollars Flowing to Less Accountable Private Schools

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/01/2016
  • Unaccountable Private School Voucher Backers Up the Ante With Six Figure TV Ad Buy to Boost Rep. Todd Novak in 51st Assembly District Race

    American Federation for Children will spend whatever it takes to try to keep legislators in office who’ll keep tax dollars flowing to private voucher schools.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/28/2016
  • Dan Feyen Thinks Schools Don’t Deserve More Funding

    A review of the impacts to schools in Senate District 18 reveals kids and taxpayers are paying the price for the destructive education policies Feyen supports.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/26/2016
  • Luther Olsen on Education: Trying to Have His Cake and Eat It, Too

    Sen. Luther Olsen claims to support education, but his track record tells a different story and local schools are paying the price.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/25/2016
  • WEAC: New Style of Vouchers ‘back-door Scheme’ to Defund Public Schools

    Scot Ross [said] Republican lawmakers “are willing to sell out our public schools” in exchange for campaign donations from pro-voucher supporters.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 10/07/2016
  • New Private School Voucher Scheme Surfaces As Pro-Voucher Front Group Spending to Elect Republican Legislators Tops $500,000

    A media report details a new scheme to divert public education funding and state tax dollars to unaccountable private voucher schools.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/06/2016
  • Private Voucher School Front Group Reports Spending $500,000 in September Alone to Buy Pro-Voucher Legislature

    The front group for special interests seeking to divert state money to private voucher schools hit the air in its latest attempt to elect legislative allies.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/30/2016
  • Sen. Tom Tiffany Gets His Payoff for Voting to Send Northwoods Tax Dollars to Private Voucher Schools

    Special Interest Private School Voucher Group American Federation For Children to Drop $230,000 On TV Ads Backing Their Man, Tom Tiffany

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/13/2016
  • Walker Pledges New Funding for K-12

    Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday affirmed his plans to make funding for K-12 public education his top education priority in the state’s upcoming biennial budget, ahead of higher education needs in the...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 08/23/2016
  • Ross And Esenberg Discuss New Report On Act 10

    Scot Ross refuted a report that found there have been few impacts on the state's education workforce since the act's passage.

    Wisconsin Public Television, 06/24/2016
  • GOP Insider Rick Graber to Lead Bradley Foundation

    "He certainly checks Bradley's biggest boxes," said Scot Ross, head of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, which closely tracks the foundation.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06/24/2016
  • Walker Denies Legal Counsel to Agency Sued by His Campaign Chair’s Legal Fund

    Gov. Walker is denying legal counsel to a state agency because the lawsuit was brought by his campaign chair’s legal fund.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/16/2016
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Deals Walker Loss on Education Case

    A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court dealt Gov. Scott Walker a defeat on Wednesday, upholding a ruling that preserves the independence of the state’s elected education secretary and denies the governor veto power...

    Chicago Tribune, 05/18/2016
  • One Billion Dollars in Cuts to K-12 Public Schools … And Counting

    Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature have cut over $1 billion from K-12 public schools since taking office.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/10/2016
  • Walker’s Act 10 Cited As Concerns Rise Over Teacher Shortage

    In the five years since Act 10 became law, Wisconsin school districts have experienced a dramatic decline in the number of applicants for each teacher vacancy. In 2015, there were an average...

    WITI-TV, 02/09/2016
  • Private Schools Line Up for Public Cash Through Unaccountable School Voucher Program

    More private schools are seeking to cash in with public tax dollars during the 2016-17 school year through the unaccountable school voucher program.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/05/2016
  • Some Neenah Teachers Can Opt Out of Evaluations

    Before Act 10, the law championed by Gov. Scott Walker to limit collective bargaining powers, public school districts in Wisconsin used step-and-lane models in which educators advanced on a salary schedule by...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 01/30/2016
  • Right-Wing Bradley Foundation Spent $108M to Privatize Public Education

    A major new report from One Wisconsin Institute finds that the Bradley Foundation spent more than $108 million to privatize public schools in Wisconsin.

    Diane Ravitch, 01/05/2016
  • Gov. Walker’s Campaign Co-Chair Terms Attack on Public Ed. in Wisconsin an ‘Accomplishment’

    Michael Grebe called draining hundreds of millions in public tax dollars away from public schools for unaccountable private schools an “accomplishment.”

    One Wisconsin Institute, 12/18/2015
  • Bradley Foundation’s Radical Education Privatization Campaign Rolls On

    Updated research exposing the right-wing Bradley Foundation’s spending over $108 million in support of education privatization from provides some answers.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 12/17/2015
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on John Matthews Retirement Announcement

    Every community in Wisconsin has been served by John Matthews' tireless and always inventive fight for public schools, students, teachers and parents.

    One Wisconsin Now, 12/16/2015
  • State Senator Chris Kapenga Endorses Barring A Muslim From Being Elected President While Using Tax Dollars to Support Islamic Religious Schools

    In Kapenga’s mind it’s fine to spend tax dollars for kids to get an Islamic religious education while telling them they shouldn't be allowed to be President.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/23/2015
  • State Superintendent Would Be Appointed by Governor Under Republican Proposal

    "Having failed to win at the ballot box or in the courts these power hungry Republicans now want to change the Wisconsin Constitution to get their way," said One Wisconsin Now executive director Scot Ross.

    Capital Times, 09/16/2015
  • Republicans’ Latest Power Grab: Appoint Superintendent of Public Instruction Instead of Allowing Voters to Elect Education Chief

    In yet another power grab, state legislative Republicans today are proposing to take away the selection of the state Superintendent of Public Instruction from voters.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/14/2015
  • Report: Property Taxes, Rates Drop in Southeastern Wisconsin

    Republicans have repeatedly cut general fund support to K-12 schools and the UW System to pay for tax breaks disproportionately benefiting the wealthy and corporations.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/03/2015
  • Unaccountable Private School Voucher Program a Billion Dollar Boondoggle Under Gov. Walker and Republican Legislature

    A new analysis finds that under Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature, taxpayers will have to foot a $1.18 billion plus tab for the private school voucher program by the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/01/2015
  • Gov. Scott Walker’s Education Speech Debacle

    The bumbling run of Gov. Scott Walker for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination stumbled on yesterday with a speech on education in New Hampshire.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/20/2015
  • Walker Scores Big With Koch Brothers, Other Wealthy Donors in Informal Poll

    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.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 08/08/2015
  • The Reality of Scott Walker’s Record on K-12 Education

    Gov. Scott Walker’s education policies would earn him an F grade from anyone concerned with quality public education. In his first budget, Walker enacted the largest per student K-12 education cuts in the nation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/06/2015
  • Assembly Speaker Packs New Education Task Force With School Privatization Lackeys

    A newly created “task force on urban education” features members who have benefitted from campaign contributions and heavy spending by pro-private school voucher special interests.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/05/2015
  • Will Assembly GOP Allow Raid on Public Education to Benefit Unaccountable Private School Voucher Program?

    Will the State Assembly give approval to a scheme to raid funds directly from K-12 public schools to fund an unlimited and unaccountable private school voucher program in the state budget?

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/08/2015
  • GOP-Led State Senate Set to Launch Massive Raid on K-12 Public School Funding to Support Unaccountable Private Voucher Schools

    The private school voucher industry has poured millions of dollars into buying a friendly legislature that won’t demand accountability from the voucher program.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/07/2015
  • Sen. Ron Johnson Panders on Pet Project of Wisconsin Money Badger Michael Grebe

    Add U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to the list of politicians seeking to feed at the education privatization cartel’s trough.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/19/2015
  • A Valuable Lesson in Gov. Scott Walker’s Education Record

    Wisconsin is 35th in the nation in job creation, dead last in the Midwest, and our middle class is shrinking. Wisconsin is divided as never before and in desperate search for leadership that brings us back together.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 06/19/2015
  • A Valuable Lesson in Gov. Scott Walker’s Education Record

    The teachable moment is that behind every "bold" claim by Walker is a very different, cold, hard truth. It's a lesson the school children of Wisconsin know only too well.

    Scot Ross, 06/18/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Privatization

    From educating our children to incarcerating criminals and everything in between Scott Walker is willing to outsource public functions to private contractors.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2015