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Dear Editor:

School choice in Wisconsin is often discussed in terms of policies that provide students with educational options, but we overlook the fact that teachers are also given options in their career choices as part of the school choice platform.

In creating a profession fit for 2014, teachers in Wisconsin and across the country have begun to take advantage of environments like independent public charter schools and virtual schools like never before.

As a virtual school teacher in Wisconsin, I couldn’t be more thrilled by the advancement in

technology that has allowed me to continue my career while balancing the needs of my family obligations. While I can’t imagine not teaching, school choice options are providing me with the flexibility that I’ve always dreamed of.


The fact is teachers are not opposed to choice. According to membership surveys by the Association of American Educators, teachers across the country are indeed warming to policies that advance parental and student choice. As a member, I couldn’t be more proud that my colleagues are embracing the wave of the future for our students and teachers.

As we recognize National School Choice Week this week, it’s important to remember that school choice should not be seen as a threat to teachers or our old system, rather an uprising that promises unlimited potential for the profession.

Amy Rosno


Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:48 AM
Last Updated on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:06 AM


-9 #6 Frank Gabl 2014-02-16 09:35
More evidence that favors "school choice":
-7 #5 Frank Gabl 2014-02-04 19:24
Remember those denials and continuing talking point by Tony Evers and Mike Richie that Common Core national standards are not about curriculum?

Well, the truth is finally dripping out.

“The draft of the resolution states that ‘national standards lead to national assessments and national assessments lead to national curriculum.’”

“The resolution comes as opposition is building against Common Core in one unlikely avenue, as the New York State United Teachers, the state’s public school teacher union, announced formal oppositions to the standards.”

Cont. below:
-6 #4 Frank Gabl 2014-02-04 19:22

However, the truth is nothing new:
-6 #3 Frank Gabl 2014-02-02 20:48
An obvious reason for "school choice" and the abandonment of Common Core:
-8 #2 Frank Gabl 2014-01-30 08:36

You could not be more correct; everyone is in favor of choice nowadays, particularly liberals when it comes to children.

And just as Obamacare is crashing and burning due to lack of choice through government control, so too Common Core (the Obamacare of education) will ultimately go down as well.

Keep up your good work for the sake of the children.
-4 #1 2014-01-29 07:29
Depends on what version of "school choice" you are speaking of Amy. I see you are a spokesperson for the non union AAE which has pushed voucher schools. You say in your membership surveys teachers are "warming" to choice. The devil is always in the details. There is only about 1,000 teachers in WI that belong to AAE. In comparison there is over 98,000 that belong to either WEAC or AFT. The fact that your own non union members are "warming" to choice shows even they have concerns. Voucher schools in WI has shown to provide no better education than those in MPS and sometimes even worse. Vouchers schools fight any standards or accountability. Voucher schools are filled with corruption, in fact we just saw how one closed in the middle of the night and had one student proficient in reading. The voucher program is a failed experiment that is costing taxpayers and our youth dearly.

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