Wisconsin Manufactures & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber and manufacturers’ association – expressed frustration and disappointment with Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to veto Assembly Bill 970. The governor vetoed the bill on Friday that would have expanded educational opportunities for students and their families throughout the state.
AB 970 would remove family income and pupil participation limits for school choice, while creating an education reimbursement program – sometimes called a micro-education savings account – for public school students.
WMC Director of Workforce, Education and Employment Policy Rachel Ver Velde testified in favor of the bill during its public hearing because today’s students are tomorrow’s workers. Unfortunately, as public school funding has increased over the last five state budgets, educational outcomes have not improved statewide. In fact, only one-third of Wisconsin students are proficient at grade level in math and language arts.