Monday, May 24, 2010

Annette Polly Williams Not Running for Re-election

Link to May 22 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article.

Excerpt:  State Rep. Annette Polly Williams, an education advocate who championed the landmark legislation that created Wisconsin's school choice program, announced Saturday that she will not seek re-election in the fall.

The Milwaukee Democrat is the longest-serving woman in the history of the Legislature. She has served in the Assembly for 30 years.

Her 10th District stretches from Glendale to parts of Milwaukee's central city and has one of the highest percentages of African-Americans in the state.

Williams established the African American Education Council, an organization designed to give black residents a voice in efforts to reform Milwaukee Public Schools.

"I kept my promise that I would always advocate and fight and try to improve the quality of life for my constituents, and, of course, everyone in the state," Williams, 73, said Saturday after the announcement.

She's best known for the voucher program that the Legislature approved in 1990. The legislation made Milwaukee the first city in the country to offer students from low-income homes the chance to attend private schools with their expenses paid by public dollars

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