Will Scott Walker Kill 4-Year-Old Kindergarten?

Dec 29, 2010

Republican “Backward” Agenda Moving Forward

MADISON-Scott Walker is being asked by a leading Republican to kill Wisconsin’s successful four-year-old kindergarten program as a way to finance tax cuts for the very rich.

State Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend called on Walker this week to end 4K schooling, calling it “devastating,” and claiming, against all research, that the program is not effective.

By virtually every known measurement, 4K schooling is widely successful and, until Grothman and Walker, was noncontroversial in the state, enjoying broad bipartisan support.

“Scott Walker financing tax cuts for the super-rich on the backs of four-year-olds and their parents is not merely an act of bad faith, it is also bad policy,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Thursday. “Kindergarten was founded in Wisconsin, where we have led the nation in access to education. Will Scott Walker take us “Backward” to an age where only the very rich can afford school?”