MADISON, Wis. – Tim Michels released his radical education proposal today, and his big idea for education is dividing communities and inviting parents to sue schools. His extreme views on education use students as political props and pit community members against their schools.
Michels has no idea what parents in Wisconsin actually want, admitting that he had not even been to a school board meeting in his district in the last year.
Michels is not alone in the Republican primary with this radical perspective. Rebecca Kleefisch, Kevin Nicholson, and Tim Ramthun all have voiced their support for making it easier for parents to sue schools.
As a former educator, Governor Evers will always do the right thing for kids, parents, and education – including vetoing the bill to expand lawsuits against schools when it was originally introduced this past legislative session. Gov. Evers has allocated more funding for schools by restoring the state’s two-thirds funding commitment and signing the first special education funding increase in a decade. Thanks to Gov. Evers’ leadership, Wisconsin’s education system is now ranked eighth in the nation, up from eighteenth under the prior administration.
“Every candidate running for governor has extreme ideas on education that will only divide parents, teachers, and students,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Rapid Response Director Hannah Menchhoff. “Tim Michels’ radical agenda to sue schools is only meant to score political points, not improve education. Gov. Evers will always do the right thing for kids, parents, and teachers by working to bring people together, not tear them apart.”