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Expanding private school vouchers approved

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- -

The Republican-controlled state budget committee has approved expanding the private school voucher program statewide.


The Joint Finance Committee voted Wednesday to approve the expansion beyond Milwaukee and Racine.


The program allows public school students to attend private and religious schools using a taxpayer funded voucher.


The deal approved on a partisan 12-4 vote caps enrollment in voucher schools to 500 students next year and 1,000 for every year after that. Those limits would not apply to Milwaukee and Racine.


Gov. Scott Walker's original proposal expanded vouchers to only nine cities, but there was no enrollment cap after the second year.


Democrats oppose voucher schools, saying they are unaccountable and divert money from public education.


Sen. Jennifer Shilling says, "Overnight we have supersized vouchers in this state. It's vouchers on steroids."

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