Walker questions Burke's record on school board

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MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says his Democratic opponent and Madison school board member Mary Burke is not doing enough to help close that district's achievement gap.

Walker on Wednesday hammered Burke for not supporting expansion of the private school voucher program, which he said would give students another option. The program makes taxpayer money available for students to attend private school.

Burke opposes the statewide voucher program and says if elected she would end it outside of Milwaukee and Racine.

Walker also says Burke is hurting the Madison district by not arguing for implementing Act 10, the law that forces teachers and most other public workers to pay more for pension and health care benefits.

Burke says the best way to improve student achievement is ensuring there are quality teachers.
MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says his Democratic challenger Mary Burke hasn't addressed low graduation rates for black students as a member of the Madison school board and doesn't want to save taxpayers money by implementing the law that effectively ended collective bargaining for teachers.

Walker made the comments Wednesday after touring a sensor manufacturer in the Madison suburb of Middleton.

Walker says he was surprised to see that graduation rate for black students in Madison were lower than for black students in Milwaukee.

The graduation rate for black students in the Madison district was 55 percent in 2012, while in Milwaukee it was 62 percent.

Burke's campaign spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Burke was elected to the Madison school board in 2012.

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