Voucher proposal could mean financial hit for public schools
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Public school districts could take a hit if caps are lifted from Wisconsin's voucher school program, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau says.
A Republican proposal that would eliminate the statewide cap on voucher participation and create a program similar to open enrollment that could cost school districts about $48 million over the next two years. Currently the state's cap is 1,000 students.
Similar to open enrollment, students would receive funding from their district of residence to attend a voucher school under the proposal. Voucher students in kindergarten through 8th grade would receive $7,210. High school students would receive $7,856.
Voucher supporters say the program gives students in poor-performing public schools an opportunity to offset the cost of attending a private school.