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St. Mary’s Springs Academy Makes Top 25 Voucher List


The state Department of Public Instruction is out with the list of private schools that can accept voucher students this fall and St. Mary’s Spring Academy in Fond du Lac made the list of the top 25 schools. The school received 64 applicants. More than 2,400 hundred students applied to take part in the first year of the statewide voucher program. School Choice Wisconsin President Jim Bender says those numbers show there's tremendous interest. Only 500 vouchers will be issued for this fall, with the top 25 schools receiving ten each. The remaining 250 will be divided among those schools using a lottery system. More than 2,000 applications were sent to just the top 25 schools. About 67-percent of the eligible students attended a private school last year. Bender believes that will change in the future. The cap during the 2014 school year will climb to 1,000 students, with enrollment starting early next year.


Top 25 List:


Appleton Xavier Catholic system, 193 applicants

Eau Claire-Altoona Regis Catholic, 113

Green Bay Area Catholic East, 110

Oshkosh Lourdes, 110

Wisconsin Rapids Assumption system, 109

Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools, 106

Rock County Christian School, Beloit-Janesville, 102

La Crosse Aquinas-Onalaska Catholic, 100

Kenosha St. Joseph, 100

Kenosha Friedens Lutheran, 95

Valley Christian, Oshkosh 95

Wausau-Rothschild Newman Catholic, 94

St. Francis of Assisi, Manitowoc, 93

Chippewa Falls McDonell system, 88

Marshfield Columbus system, 83

Green Bay Notre Dame, 82

Manitowoc Roncalli High School, 65

Green Bay Area Catholic South, 64

Fond du Lac Springs, 64

Green Bay Area Catholic West, 62

Sheboygan Christian, 59

St. John’s Lutheran, Plymouth 42

Sheboygan Lutheran High School, 42

Immanuel Lutheran, Wisconsin Rapids, 40

Lighthouse Christian, Madison, 31

Comments 5
anonymous commented on 16-Aug-2013 02:26 PM3 out of 5 stars
What ever happened to the separation of church and state? I think the "church" can all start paying taxes if they are going to start accepting public tax funds.
Anonymous commented on 16-Aug-2013 09:58 PM3 out of 5 stars
Not only accepting public funds but placing announcements out there asking parishioners to call their legislators. I have heard a complaint has been filed with the IRS
R Hopper commented on 16-Aug-2013 10:55 PM5 out of 5 stars
This is GREAT news!!! Another win for the people of Wisconsin! Congratulations SMS!
Anonymous commented on 17-Aug-2013 12:35 PM3 out of 5 stars
The names should be made pubic of those receiving the vouchers just like public employees wages.
Anonymous commented on 19-Aug-2013 11:29 PM3 out of 5 stars
So, since they will accept state taxpayer funds, will they need to meet the same standards as public schools?

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