Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel | Esenberg: Accountability and School Choice: Let’s begin

Published on: December 15, 2014

WILL President and General Counsel, Rick Esenberg, writing in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

“Because accountability – for both private schools participating in one of Wisconsin’s three school choice programs will be an issue in the coming legislative session – we at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty released the first of what we expect to be a series of reports on the issue.

The first report is descriptive and is called, not surprisingly, “Let’s Begin by Understanding Where We Are.” The report describes and comments upon state accountability measures applicable in the choice and public sectors. It concludes that it is simply not possible to claim that the state holds public schools to a greater measure of accountability than private schools participating in the choice program or vice versa. (We do note, however, that accountability measures for schools in the choice program appear to be more immediate and the consequences more onerous.)”