Greater Wisconsin Committee says cuts in school aid left some students without chairs and 47 kids in a classroom
In trying to show that Walker’s budget has caused school overcrowding, the Greater Wisconsin Committee misuses a survey of schools, cloaks its anecdotes in anonymity and provides no verification of its assertions.
In our view, the ad’s message is that school crowding is common and dramatic, assertions not backed up by key school officials or the research cited. Class sizes have increased, and Walker’s budget is partly responsible, but that trend began before Walker, and other factors play in.
In any case, that is not the same as "overcrowding" -- a description not even school and union officials are using.
We may revisit this item if new evidence emerges, but these claims -- as presented -- are thin and misleading.
We rate the claim FALSE.
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