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Six regional schools added to Wisconsin voucher program

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Six new religious schools in eastern Wisconsin will be added to the state's private school voucher program this fall.  

The state Department of Public Instruction said Tuesday that the schools are in Appleton, Bonduel, Neenah-Menasha, Sheboygan, and Fond du Lac.  

The DPI also said that over 3,400 youngsters applied to receive tax-funded vouchers to be in the private school choice program. That's almost three-and-a-half times the enrollment cap for this fall of 1,000 students outside Milwaukee and Racine -- the only places where the choice program was established before last fall.  

A limited expansion of the vouchers was approved in the current state budget. Supporters said it would help youngsters get out of poor-performing public schools and get a better education for themselves.  

However, 80 percent of the 500 students in this year's choice expansion were already in private schools.

It cost just over $3 million to expand the voucher program this past year. That figure is expected to grow to around $7.3 million in the next school year.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)