Wisconsin private school vouchers grow in 2015-2016


MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wisconsin is expected to spend almost $245 million on private school vouchers this school year, up almost $15 million from a year ago, driven by enrollment increases in the Racine and statewide programs.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2dRRWQe ) reports that more than 33,700 students received vouchers to attend one of 209 participating schools in the Milwaukee, Racine and statewide Parental Choice programs, about a 5 percent increase from last year.

Milwaukee remains the state’s largest and costliest program with more than 28,000 students, up almost 2 percent from last year.

But enrollments surged in the other two programs. Racine increased 19 percent to more than 2,500 students, and the statewide programs jumped more than 21 percent to more than 3,000 students across the state.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)