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Assembly OK's closing private school voucher program loophole


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s private school voucher program will not be expanded any further, under a bill passed by the state Assembly Tuesday afternoon.

The house sent the measure to Governor Scott Walker on a voice vote – and the Republican governor promised to sign it.

For 20 years, the program has given tax-funded vouchers to low-income Milwaukee kids so they could attend private schools with the goal of getting a better education. But Democrats and school advocates say the vouchers take much-needed state funding away from public schools, with little or no improvement in the test scores of voucher students.

The governor and lawmakers expanded the program last year to include students from Milwaukee County and Racine. And a last-minute budget amendment would have allowed districts like Green Bay to offer private school vouchers.

But GOP lawmakers said the measure was approved by mistake – and the Senate corrected itself last October before the Assembly did the same today, the 3rd to last day of the current session.