Senator Rand Paul in Milwaukee talking school choice
MILWAUKEE-U.S. Senator Rand Paul took part in a \"Hispanics for School Choice\" event at St. Anthony School Wednesday.
Organizers call Paul a leading advocate for improving America's education system.
The group \"LIBRE\" also helped put together the forum which in addition to Rand featured a variety of experts including Dr. Howard Fuller, Professor of Education and Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University and Mr. Zeus Rodriguez, president of St. Anthony.
When it came to the issue of vouchers, Paul said he didn't come to Wisconsin to tell people how to do it, he came to learn how the state is doing it.
It's been decades since Wisconsin passed the first voucher system in the country which allows state funding for private education.
\"When you pay your taxes,\" Paul said, \"is it your money? Or is it completely the government's money.\"
Many Hispanic groups were part of the forum, but a leading Hispanic voice in state government who is also a former student at St. Anthony took issue with the visit because of Rand's voting record and past statements about immigration reform.
\"We need allies to come into the Latino community and speak with our families,\" explained Milwaukee Democrat Jocasta Zamarripa, \"not folks who are calling for the removal of our citizen children.\"
Zamarripa said she supports the St. Anthony's community but asked them to consider Rand's \"radical viewpoints.\"
St. Anthony's President issued the following statement: