The Department of Education issued a press release touting its "Commitment to Transparency" and discussing the 430 charters that had closed and the 699 that had not opened since 2006, but when CMD asked about them, the agency said it had no records.... So much for transparency.
There is a "sucker punch" aspect of this entire episode, that has been used in the past, that makes it doubly despicable. The now dead open records issue was so completely outrageous and unexpected that it served its intended purpose – to draw attention away from the many other very contentious and controversial aspects of this budget. And that was exactly what Walker and the majority Republicans wanted to happen.
--Jay Heck, Common Cause in Wisconsin