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JFC Delays Vote On Vouchers

30-May-2013

Governor Scott Walker’s proposal would expand the school voucher program to nine districts outside the Milwaukee area, but members of his party are not on the same page. Walker might have to compromise on the number of districts. ”Oh, I don’t know if we have a set number. We’d just like to have an expansion so that more families in this state have a choice and I think we’re well on our way to getting there.” Republican leaders are discussing ways to give state-funded vouchers to students in under-performing public schools so they can instead choose to attend private schools. Walker would not reveal the content of conversations he had with Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah), only saying they had “good discussions.” He says, ”Mike and I have been friends a long time. I thought we were gonna find a way … to work out a good compromise. I think we’re well on our way. We’ll be announcing that in the coming days ’cause there’s still some more work to be done. ”The use of report cards to determine choice expansion seems to be off the table. Walker’s fine with that, saying “we’re not wed to that.” Joint Finance Committee member Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) says he has no clues as to what criteria would be used instead of report cards. ”We don’t want the report card to be used; we don’t want that nine-district thing because that just was … it bastardized the report cards because they were not designed for that,” but he didn’t offer an alternative. Meanwhile, Walker’s plan to create a statewide Charter School Oversight Board was taken out of the budget Wednesday. Senate finance panel co-chair Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) says the issue will be considered later as a separate bill. Seen in photo State Senator Luther Olsen.

Comments 4
Anonymous commented on 30-May-2013 12:37 PM3 out of 5 stars
There is a choice, if you want your child to attend a private, religious institution pay for it like others have to do.
Anonymous commented on 30-May-2013 04:57 PM3 out of 5 stars
Spend money on public schools. Has anyone looked at the long term fiscal impact on the public school system, it is not good.
Scott commented on 31-May-2013 06:39 AM5 out of 5 stars
What it wrong with you people? I thought you were all about "the children". Why would anyone want to reject this program if it means getting your kids out of a rotten public school system and into a system that actually CARES about your childs education and away from common core and teachers that don't know how to teach. Like we heard from the rotunda of the Capital, "Do it for the Children"
Lea V commented on 31-May-2013 06:45 AM5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous commented, "Spend money on public schools. Has anyone looked at the long term fiscal impact on the public school system, it is not good."
That should read, "Don't spend money on public schools. Has anyone looked at the long term impact on your children, it is not good."

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