Governor Walker previewed his state budget address this week by announcing the expansion of the taxpayer-funded private school voucher program to school districts that 1) have at least 4,000 students and 2) have at least two school buildings receiving the 4th or 5th lowest rating on the school report cards.
School districts that meet these criteria are: Beloit, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Sheboygan, Superior, Waukesha and West Allis-West Milwaukee.
The state budget proposal would also open the door to future expansion as other school districts meet the criteria.
Under Walker’s proposal, enrollment would be capped at 500 students in the 2013-14 school-year and at 1,000 students in the 2014-15 school-year.
Walker also proposes increasing the voucher payment amount from $6,442 per child to $7,050 for students through 8th grade and to $7,856 for high school students starting with the 2014-15 school-year.