MADISON -- The following is a statement from the First Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Rep. David Bowen on comments Scott Walker made about Milwaukee Public Schools on Up Front with Mike Gousha this weekend:

"After years of deliberately inadequate funding for Wisconsin schools, it's unsurprising that Governor Walker suggested he would like to double down on his 'divide and conquer' governing style and break up Milwaukee Public Schools. Rather than dictating how MPS operates, the state should make sure locally elected school boards and superintendents have the resources they need and the flexibility to use those resources the way they know is best for their students. Clearly Governor Walker's time in office has led to detrimental losses of vital staff and programming to school districts like MPS, as well as rural districts throughout the state."