Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Progressive vs School Vouchers

Matthew Rothschild, editor for the past 19 years of The Progressive (founded over a century ago by Wisconsin Senator Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette), is turning over the editorship of the magazine to current political editor Ruth Conniff. In making the announcement in the September issue, Rothschild has this to say about Conniff ---

"In the past few months, she's been pouring herself into a crucial project she designed to defend our public schools. She has brought together some of the leading researchers who are fighting against the vultures who would voucherize, privatize, and destroy public education."

The Progressive is published in Madison, Wisconsin, where the first school voucher plan was started a generation ago by Republican politicians who thumbed their noses at the state constitution and denied the state's  voters the opportunity to vote on the matter. Wisconsin is the state in which Gov  Scott Walker and the Republican dominated legislature have been working overtime to wreck the state's public schools and crush their teachers.

It would be great if other other magazines -- liberal, progressve, moderate, even conservative -- would follow suit.

Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty (arlinc.or g)

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