For Immediate Release
RACINE TEA PAC to HOST JUNE 2ND RALLY
Racine, WI – June 5th is the day that Wisconsin voters can finally put an end to the State of Chaos brought on by Democrats, unions and other assorted liberal groups opposed to the hard choices it took to balance the Wisconsin budget. Racine Tea PAC was newly formed in order to educate and advocate for conservative policies and the candidates that support them.
The Racine Tea Party PAC will hold a rally on Saturday, June 2nd from 10:00am to noon in Racine County to bring the local, state and national focus on the importance of the state’s bellwether county in the recall elections.
The event will feature All Patriots Media – Tony Katz, the “rock star of radio” Wisconsin’s own – Vicki McKenna, PA Tea Party Activist & Fox News Contributor – Jenn Stefano
State Senator – Van Wanggaard, Nashville recording artist – Krista Branch and more. Invited guests include Breibart and CNN contributor Dana Loesch, Lt Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Congressman Paul Ryan and several very big surprise guests.
WHAT: Racine Tea PAC Rally on Stopping the Recall of Walker, Kleefisch & Wanggaard
WHERE: Racine County WI – location currently being finalized
WHEN: Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 10:00AM – NOON
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The Racine Tea PAC is a citizen group advocating for constitutionally limited government, spending controls, debt reduction policies and the candidates who support them.
The Racine Parental Choice Program: Myths
The Racine school choice program will take money out of the Racine Unified
School District (RUSD).
RUSD will not lose a penny of spending authority because of the choice program.
The Racine program will be funded in part through the RUSD tax levy at the rate of
$2,474 per-pupil. Total Racine Unified spending is not impacted. RUSD only loses
spending authority when students choose to leave the district for any reason.
Racine taxpayers will pay a $10 million voucher tax.
The property taxes used to pay for the Racine choice program are $1,053 less for
each choice pupil than for a RUSD pupil ($2,474 vs. $3,527). In addition, the $10
million estimate assumes that more than 4,000 students will be using the choice program
in three years. In Milwaukee, a school district four times the size of RUSD, it took eight
years for the program to grow to 4,000 pupils.
The Racine Choice Program will “cream” Racine Unified’s best students.
This has not happened in Milwaukee. The School Choice Demonstration Project,
the official evaluator of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, concluded in a 2011
report that “far from skimming the ‘cream of the crop,’ the Choice program serves a
group of students who are more disadvantaged educationally than the average MPS
Students using the choice program would have been in private schools anyway.
Research suggests that families making under 300% of the federal poverty level,
the income threshold for school choice in Racine, are unlikely to purchase private
education. According to the School Choice Demonstration Project, “…research
indicates that no more than 10 percent of low-income urban students attend private
schools without the assistance of a voucher.” While there are different definitions of
low-income, 300% of the federal poverty level is the highest eligibility threshold to
receive BadgerCare in Wisconsin.
RUSD will be unable to find savings when students leave the district for choice.
The state funding formula protects districts from the fiscal impact of losing
students. RUSD will not lose full spending authority for students that leave the district
until three year after they are gone.
Schools in the choice program will not serve special needs students.
Schools that participate in the Racine choice program cannot screen students for
special needs. The School Choice Demonstration Project found that almost nine percent
of students using the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program have special nee