MINOCQUA - Vice President Mike Pence visited Wisconsin last week to celebrate school choice. State senator and Congressional candidate Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) said he supports school choice and strong public schools.
All three of Tiffany's children attended public schools. A common critique of school choice is that it takes away money from public schools in favor of charter or private schools. Tiffany said he's helped write state budgets that consistently includes more money for public schools.
"I believe we can do both," said Tiffany. "We can have both school choice, but we can have good, strong local public schools. And I think the actions I've taken at the state level reflect that."
Tiffany points to his record of promoting high cost transportation aid to local public schools. He said that aid eases the burden on schools that cover a wide geographical area.
As a congressman, Tiffany said he would work to lessen the federal government's role in education.
"[We should] bring control back to local people, bring it back to the states and we will get better educational outcomes rather than have the federal government solve a problem that they can't solve," said Tiffany.
Tom Tiffany and Jason Church will compete for the Republican nomination in the 7th Congressional District this year. They'll debate on Wisconsin Public Radio Thursday, Feb. 6 at 10 am. The special election primaries are on Feb. 18.