Democratic lawmaker apologizes for tweet about parental involvement in classrooms

Representative Lee Snodgrass
Representative Lee Snodgrass official photo.

MADISON, Wis. — A Democratic lawmaker apologized Thursday after sending a tweet about parental involvement in schools she called “lacking in nuance and easily misinterpreted.”

Rep. Lee Snodgrass (D-Appleton)’s initial tweet, according to screenshots posted by Republican lawmakers, said that, “If parents want to ‘have a say’ in their child’s education, they should home school or pay for private school tuition out of their family budget.” The tweet was later deleted.

Republicans, including former lieutenant governor and current gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch, quickly seized on the comments.

“Message to liberals: as taxpayers we already pay for our children’s education and have an absolute right to ‘have a say,'” Kleefisch wrote on Twitter.

She also called on Gov. Tony Evers to denounce the remarks.

Kleefisch’s former boss, former Gov. Scott Walker, said “Parents must rise up to take back their children’s education—before it’s too late!”

Snodgrass later tweeted that “of course parents need to have a say in their kids’ education and their classrooms.”

“To clarify, My point is we should be fully funding our public schools and that diverting funds away from our public schools only makes it harder for parents to have the relationships we deserve with our kids’ teachers and their schools,” she said.

Gov. Tony Evers also weighed in on the controversy, saying in a statement that he disagrees with Snodgrass’ comments.

“Parents are the first and best teachers our kids have, and we know parent involvement in their kids’ education is critical to ensuring every student’s success,” he said. “Politicians on both sides of the aisle have to stop using our kids as political pawns. We should trust parents, educators, and schools to keep working together to do what’s best for our kids.”