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How Opponents of School Choice in Wisconsin Weaponized the Justice Department

An unfortunate hallmark of our hyper-partisan age is the temptation to use the levers of government as a weapon against ideological foes. When one side loses an election, some conclude the next best thing is to cast a specter of misconduct and illegality over the winners or their allies. But the coup de grace is to enlist the nation’s law enforcement agency, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), to investigate, subpoena, and prosecute without just cause.
We saw this happen firsthand in Wisconsin when the Obama DOJ investigated the Wisconsin school choice program, the oldest and one of the largest voucher programs in the country, for alleged violations of federal disability law. In 2011, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed the largest expansion of school vouchers in the program’s history. For teachers’ uni…
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