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Anti-public schools candidates crushed in Wisconsin

| Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2012 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

With public schools under attack everywhere, a inspiring victory came out of Wisconsin last week.  The American Federation for Children (AFC), a pro school privatization group funded by billionaires from Michigan and millionaires from several other states, entered a slate of candidates in Democratic primaries for the state Assembly and Senate.

The battle was joined when a new pro public education group was founded–Wisconsin Progress. The group’s slogan was ‘Don’t get Mad.  Get Elected.”  As John Nichols reports in the Capital Times, “Of course the AFC had more money. But Wisconsin Progress and its candidates stood for something Wisconsinites value: strong public schools and a commitment by the state and its communities to use taxpayer dollars to back public education — not schemes to move public money into the pockets of private-school operators.”

All AFC backed candidates lost.  All Wisconsin Progress backed candidates won.   It was a clean sweep for public schools, public teachers, and the public good.  With the candidates running in Democratic districts,  the Wisconsin Progress-backed winners are all but certain to become legislators.

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of the New City States, Seeing the Light, and three other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post.

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