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Taxpayer funded child abuse?



Want to know why it is a bad idea for Wisconsin to allow students to attend private schools at taxpayer expense? Look no further than a school in Milwaukee called Right Step. This program, according to its website, develops the minds, bodies and spirits of the community’s most challenging youth, through discipline and motivation toward positive outcomes. A lawsuit alleges the school uses much more controversial and dangerous practices. The lawsuit was filed this week in a Milwaukee County court, alleging seven elementary and middle school students enrolled at Right Step were improperly disciplined, and even tortured. The complaint alleges these students were kicked, punched, called derogatory names and their food and water was limited. One instructor allegedly urinated on a student. Another student was forced to line in his own vomit for half an hour. The worst part of all this? Wisconsin taxpayers are footing the bill. Right Step is part of the parental choice program which allows students to attend private schools at taxpayer expense. According to these allegations, students are being mentally and physically abused on the taxpayer’s dime. This lawsuit targets not only the school but also the state of Wisconsin, so taxpayers could wind up paying even more. We wouldn’t allow public school teachers to behave this way. But the school choice program remains unregulated. Lawmakers need to change that, before more Wisconsin students are treated so inhumanely.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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