Grilling candidates on their kids agendas
The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, our member organization in the state, has been demanding that candidates in their gubernatorial election answer questions about what they’ll do for kids. We find that candidates often talk about “creating a better future for our children,” but are fuzzy when pressed on the details. A local media outlet recently agreed with WCCF and joined them in calling for more attention to children in the election.
We are reminded of the 2012 presidential primaries, in which children were invoked often, but seriously discussed rarely. Our report on the presidential debates so far shows that only 2 percent of discussion revolved around substantive discussion of issues facing kids. That means issues like child health, child nutrition, K-12 education and more have been almost completely ignored. Read the report here!