“The conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, which has been critical of the district’s handling of its vacant buildings, criticized Driver’s letter as an attempt to circumvent the state law and block the sale of buildings to private voucher and charter school competitors.
“It costs taxpayers millions of dollars to maintain these empty buildings,” said C.J. Szafir, the group’s education policy director. “Once again, they’re trying to exploit a loophole to take over these buildings when, as we’ve seen in the past, they don’t have any real purpose for these buildings to educate children.””
For background, read WILL’s report “Why the State of Wisconsin Forced Coca-Cola to Sell to Pepsi” about MPS’ vacant buildings.