The antics of the education bureaucracy at Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction show DPI to be at the service of “progressive” indoctrination in the schools and the public employee union agenda.
But now it’s acting as hired muscle on behalf of outsiders bent on exterminating competitive approaches to education.
Last Thursday, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty publicized information that DPI has voluntarily made itself an instrument of Eric Holder’s “Justice” Department and its never-ending effort to harass, intimidate, and ultimately destroy school choice programs.
This latest intrusion into Wisconsin is part of the Obama administration’s double game where better education for minority students and teacher-union interests collide.
For instance, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio fights to roll back charter school growth and President Obama, who pretends to admire the charters, says nothing. On March 17, The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley wondered why:
“A clue might be found in the White House budget released this month, which exposes a president’s real priorities and which proposes $248 million for charter schools, compared with the $295 million it requested in the previous year,” Riley wrote. “In other words, the president is asking for less money than before to spend on an education model that he has praised to high heaven from the stump.”
Four days later, responding to a U.S. Department of Education report that black students are likelier than whites to be suspended over discipline problems, Holder issued a statement hinting at a racial bean-counting approach to social pathologies that harm vast numbers of minority students.
The administration, Holder said, “is moving aggressively to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline in order to ensure that all of our young people have equal educational opportunities.”
A more promising approach might be to disrupt the taxpayer-to-union pipeline.