"I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!"*

Wow, apparently some parents feel that they were misled by Governor Doyle's covenant program.

I can't say that I'm surprised at all about this. The way in which he sold the program did make it seem like the end-all-be-all of government programs. It was basically, "hey, if you do a good job in high school we'll let you go to college for practically nothing!"

Now, having had to fill out financial aid packets, I understand the insane disconnect between what parents - particularly those with multiple children - can afford and what the government "expects" them to be able to pay. Most parents don't realize this until they're in that situation. It's perfectly understandable that some parents had expected more than the $250 to $2,500.

The problem is that Governor Doyle and the Democrats oversold the program. It was a guarantee of acceptance into the UW system and financial aid - not a free ride. The kicker is that even the high end of $2,500 isn't going to cover tuition at most of the four year schools. I don't think that the covenant program was a good idea for many reasons, but this is the most glaring.

We essentially promised more than we ever expected to deliver.

*Where is this movie quotation from?