Governor Walker proposes expansion of school choice program
MILWAUKEE -- Governor Scott Walker is proposing a major expansion of school choice as part of his new budget. The governor wants to boost taxpayer funding for school choice in Milwaukee and Racine by 9% or about $73 million. The school choice program allows children to attend private or religious schools.
The Governor is also trying to expand the choice program to include nine other districts, but there are only so many education dollars to go around. Critics say Walker's expansion will come at the expense of districts like MPS and local taxpayers.
A group of Republican lawmakers have made their opposition to the school choice expansion, making it unlikely the measure will pass.