Republican State Senators propose tax credit for private school tuition


by Jesse Tovar

MADISON -- Three Republican State Senators renewed calls for inclusion of an education tax credit in the state budget. They re-emphasized their call for a tuition tax credit for parents who send their kids to independent private schools.

In the past twenty years, the State of Wisconsin has flooded money into our public education system and the number of government funded choice schools has sky rocketed from 500 students to almost 25,000 students. On the other hand, independent private schools enrollments have plummeted from 145,000 students to 99,750. This year alone another ten schools were forced to close their doors. Between 2012 and 2013 independent private school enrollment dropped by 3,500 students.

Senators Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan), and Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) are working to gain the support from other members of the legislature to include a tuition tax credit proposal in the state budget to further encourage choice in education.

"As citizens of our state, we all have a responsibility of funding a quality public education system," said Leibham.

Senator Petrowski says he wants to give parents who send their kids to parochial schools a little relief.




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