Privatization Category Archive


  • 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
  • Will College Dropout Gov. Scott Walker Sign Budget Measure to Allow High School Dropouts to Teach in Wisconsin?

    An amendment to the 2015 state budget adopted by the Republican controlled Joint Committee on Finance in the middle of the night would eliminate almost all standards for teachers.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/28/2015
  • Pro-Voucher Donors Get Their Way

    It’s pretty clear what’s happening here. The voucher industry has spent lavishly to install compliant politicians in positions of power. And they’re paying their back their political cronies.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/20/2015
  • Scott Walker to Unaccountable Private Voucher Schools: ‘Let the Good Times Roll’

    Back home in Wisconsin it’s “let the good times roll” for the unaccountable voucher program as Republican politicians consider Walker’s scheme for further statewide expansion.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/18/2015
  • The Foundations of Scott Walker’s Agenda: Bradley and Koch

    On issues like public education and the environment the foundations of Scott Walker’s agenda are not us. Instead he’s is shilling for right-wing billionaires and their foundations to advance his own political ambitions.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/15/2015
  • Twenty-Five Years of School Privatization, Twenty-Five Years of Failure

    On its silver anniversary, the Wisconsin school privatization experiment is the gold standard for failure and lack of accountability. But that won’t stop its champions like the Bradley-funded propaganda machine.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/28/2015
  • Assembly Speaker Vos Goes Soft on Accountability for Taxpayer Funded Private Voucher Schools

    Speaker Robin Vos is rescinding his promise Assembly Republicans would pass an accountability bill to protect taxpayers and students against poorly-performing privatized schools.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/27/2015
  • Corporate WISTAX Attacks Wages With Industry-Paid Junk Science Report

    The conservative, pro-corporate Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has joined the fight to reduce wages for hard-working Wisconsinites by authoring "junk science" propaganda.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/30/2015
  • Did Assembly Education Committee Chair and Author of Taxpayer Funded Private School Voucher Legislation Violate Law With Latest Actions on Controversial Bill?

    Did the GOP Assembly Education Committee Chair violate open government laws by engaging in discussions in the committee on school accountability legislation he authored, without public notice?

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/11/2015
  • GOP Assembly Majority Leader Says Senate Calling Shots on Right to Work

    Audio surfaced from late September 2014 in which Rep. Jim Steineke told the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce that “right to work is off the table.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/27/2015
  • One Wisconsin Now Research Reveals Gov. Walker Campaign Co-Chair As Major Financier of Propaganda Campaign Paving Way for Wrong For Wisconsin Right to Work Law

    Once again we see Michael Grebe and his Bradley Foundation paving the way for Gov. Walker’s right-wing, Tea Party agenda with a massive propaganda campaign.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/23/2015
  • In Walker’s 2015 Budget, He Proposed Lifting the Caps Put in Place in the 2013 Expansion, Expanding Vouchers Across the State Without limits

    An unlimited number of Wisconsin students could use taxpayer dollars to attend private schools in the statewide voucher program, under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed two-year budget. Walker would also start paying for...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/04/2015
  • GOP Legislature Starts 2015 Payoff to School Privatization Industry

    Wisconsin legislative Republicans are promising legislation to regulate the private school voucher program that is slated to rake in over $212 million from state taxpayers in the current school year.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/07/2015
  • ‘Right-to-Work’ Backer Cites Bradley Foundation-Funded Junk Science to Justify Attack on Middle Class Wages and Workplace Safety

    Rep. Kapenga used statistics promoted by the Bradley-funded Mackinac Center to claim introducing the measure in Wisconsin would be good for the state economy.

    One Wisconsin Now, 12/04/2014
  • Scott Walker Polling Voters on Presidential Run

    Walker’s campaign is polling voters on his planned presidential run, asking favorability questions about various Republican and Democratic candidates, including fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/19/2014
  • Gov. Scott Walker’s Campaign Co-Chair’s Fingerprints on Latest Political Hit Job to Try to Maintain Power for Gov. Walker

    A review of IRS records and Bradley Foundation reports reveals they have provided significant financial support for the media outlet that first reported on the smear.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/30/2014
  • Party Line Howard Marklein Tows the Education Privatization Line for Party Bosses and Special Interests

    A recent news report reveals $139 million in state tax dollars went to private schools in Milwaukee kicked out of the school voucher program, supported by Rep. Howard Marklein, for failing to meet basic standards.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/14/2014
  • A Guide to Gov. Walker’s Education Policy: Follow the Money

    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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/04/2014
  • Gov. Walker Needs to Go Back to School on Education Policy

    As students across Wisconsin head back to school, it’s Gov. Scott Walker who needs to be educated about the impact of his wrong-headed education policies.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/29/2014
  • They’re Back: Wealthy Private School Voucher Boosters Fill GOP Politicians’ Campaign Coffers

    Supporters of private school vouchers from across the country are dropping big donations on Wisconsin politicians in recent months, including over $113,000 to Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/18/2014
  • Where There’s a WILL, There’s a Way… to Promote Gov. Walker’s Best Interests

    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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/11/2014
  • U.S. Supreme Court Issues Anti-Worker Decision in Harris V. Quinn

    The right-wing legal organization that helped bring the case received financial support from the Bradley Foundation run by Scott Walker’s campaign chair .

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/30/2014
  • Gov. Scott Walker Still Refuses to Answer the Simple Question: Is He Still Doing It?

    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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/25/2014
  • National Coalition Seeks Solutions to $1.2 Trillion Student Loan Debt Crisis and to Restore Fairness for Borrowers

    A new national coalition, Higher Ed Not Debt, is bringing advocates and borrowers together in a campaign to restore fairness to a student loan system gone horribly awry.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/06/2014
  • Records Reveal Private School Voucher Industry Lobbyist Wrote Latest Republican Bill Proposing to “Regulate” Voucher Industry

    Legislation claiming to impose new accountability requirements on schools participating in the private school voucher program was written by the lobbyist for the school privatization industry.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/14/2014
  • Gov. Walker’s Administration Asks: ‘How Can We Love You More?’ Corporate Special Interest ALEC Provides Answers.

    Corporate funded ALEC has vociferously promoted an agenda to boost their bottom line at the expense of the rest of us.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/21/2014
  • Special Interest Shenanigans in 21st Assembly District

    We know from news reports and court documents that Jessie Rodriguez's boss and the head of groups that have spent big money trying to get her elected were given special access to redistricting maps before they were made public.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/15/2013
  • Wisconsin Ensnared in $83 Million National Propaganda and Privatization Web Spun by Radical Right-Wing Funders

    A new report from One Wisconsin Now exposes a web of right-wing funders advancing a radical privatization agenda through the use of Wisconsin-based front groups.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/13/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now to Join ‘Public Education Is a Civil Right’ March, Rally

    One Wisconsin Now will join public education supporters from across the state at Saturday's 'Public Education Is a Civil Right' march and rally.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/17/2013
  • Private School Voucher Scam: 75% of Applicants for Statewide Expansion of Taxpayer Funded Private School Vouchers Not Currently Attending Public Schools

    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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/14/2013
  • Bradley Foundation Dollars Continued to Fuel Right Wing Noise Machine in 2012

    According to documents reviewed by One Wisconsin Now, staples of the state right wing noise machine were once again beneficiaries of the largesse of Michael Grebe in 2012.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/17/2013
  • New National Research Shows Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis a ‘Clear and Present Danger’ for Families and American Economy

    One Wisconsin Institute today unveiled new survey data showing the devastating impact of the one trillion dollars in student loan debt on the American economy.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 06/19/2013
  • From Ailes to Yuval: Bradley Foundation’s Latest Prize Awards Reveal Right-Wing Propaganda Campaign at Work

    The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation annually doles out no-strings attached $250,000 “awards” to selected individuals. This year's recipients include Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/12/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: Bradley Foundation Errand Boy

    There's no bigger funder of the right-wing noise machine and radical agenda of unaccountable education privatization than the Bradley Foundation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/12/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Travels to Iowa to Share Walker “Resume of Failure”

    DES MOINES — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is traveling to Iowa today to address a gathering of Republican Party activists in another of an increasing number out-of-state sojourns as he ponders a...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/22/2013
  • Sen. Rick Gudex Wants to Require More Qualifications for Some Professional Licenses, But Not the Private School Voucher Program He Has Pledged to Expand

    MADISON, Wis. — New legislation being proposed by State Senator Rick Gudex would require an individual to have two years of experience as a real estate salesperson before they could become a real...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/16/2013
  • Is Wisconsin ‘Money Badger’ Michael Grebe Paying Fox News Head Big Bucks for Fawning Media Coverage of His Favorite Wisconsin Politicians?

    Fox News Chair and CEO Roger Ailes is in line for a big payday courtesy of Michael Grebe, head of the Bradley Foundation and co-chair of Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/13/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls on Rep. Marklein, ‘CPA Caucus’ to Put Gov. Walker’s WEDC Under the Microscope

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross suggested Marklein and his GOP cohorts ought to start with Gov. Walker's woefully underperforming WEDC.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/29/2013
  • Massive Bradley Foundation Education Privatization Campaign Exposed

    New research from One Wisconsin Now reveals a web of right-wing groups are part of a $31 million plus propaganda campaign pushing a massive privatization of public education in Wisconsin.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/19/2013
  • Candidate for Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Uses Campaign Cash to Pay for Tickets to Event Hosted by Proponents of Radical Privatization

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the revelation that Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Don Pridemore reported spending $475 on February 5th, 2013...

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/25/2013
  • Gov. Walker’s Misplaced Budget Priorities: Education Privatization Devastating to Public Schools

    An analysis of Gov. Walker's 2013-15 budget plan reveals a massive increase in the percentage of state taxpayer dollars going to the unaccountable private school voucher program.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/10/2013
  • Gov. Walker’s Nearly $68 Billion Budget Allocates $0.0 For Direct Relief From Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis

    Gov. Walker larders special interests with sweetheart deals and doles out millions in tax breaks for the wealthiest Wisconsinites.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/26/2013
  • Walker’s 2013 Budget Proposed Expanding Vouchers Throughout the State

    Under Walker’s proposal, districts would be opened up to voucher programs if they have at least 4,000 students and two school buildings receiving a grade of “fails to meet expectations” or “meets...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/18/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on the Two Year Anniversary of Scott Walker As Governor

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on the two-year anniversary of Scott Walker as Governor: “Scott Walker used his gubernatorial inauguration in 2011 as...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/02/2013
  • Walker Proposed Expanding the Private School Voucher Program in 2013 Budget

    Proposed and ultimately signed the 2013-15 budget which included expansion of the private school voucher program statewide. As approved, the program was expanded for 500 students in its first year and 1,000...

    2013 AB 40, 01/01/2013
  • Right-Wing Irony Parade Adds Another Act

    The ironic cavalcade of right-wing politicians rallying for unaccountable privatization in a publicly run building just upped the ante with the addition of Lt. Gov. Kleefisch to the roster of speakers.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/20/2012
  • Irony on Parade in Waukesha

    From the location to the keynote address, irony will be on parade this weekend in Waukesha according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross as a cavalcade of right-wing organizations promote unaccountable privatization.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/13/2012
  • One Wisconsin Now Calls on State Senators With Taxpayer-Funded Memberships to Dump Affiliation With Right-Wing ALEC

    One Wisconsin Now sent letters today to 9 current Wisconsin State Senators asking them to revoke their membership in the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/09/2012