Legislative update: Milwaukee voucher expansion clears Assembly

The Wisconsin Assembly passed Gov. Scott Walker’s state budget early today, which would expand the City of Milwaukee’s school voucher program to schools in Milwaukee County and in Racine. Despite a plan to bring the choice program to Green Bay, The Associated Press reported that Republican leaders failed to generate enough support in the face of strong opposition from Green Bay school leaders.

The budget bill passed along party lines, with no Democrats voting in support. The Senate will take up the measure later today.

The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, the oldest school voucher program in the nation, currently serves about 21,000 students at 102 private schools in the city.

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BY Adam Emerson

Editor of redefinED, policy and communications guru for Florida education nonprofit