Gov. Walker Delivers on Promise – Eliminates Cap on Statewide School Choice Program

Madison, WI (Feb. 4, 2015) – The Wisconsin Federation for Children, a state affiliate of the American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, applauds Gov. Scott Walker for announcing his intention to lift the cap on the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, the statewide voucher program.

“Lifting the cap on the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program will create new and much needed educational opportunities for thousands of children,” said Scott Jensen, senior advisor to the Wisconsin Federation for Children. “In the future, every poor child in Wisconsin will be given the ability to attend a school of their parents’ choice. Today’s announcement is part of a nationwide civil rights movement that empowers parents, serves students, and creates a more equal education system.”

During the state budget address on Tuesday night, Gov. Walker introduced his 2015-17 state budget which calls for the elimination of the cap on the statewide, Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. Walker also included a new funding formula for new students entering the Racine and Wisconsin voucher programs.

“We are concerned about the significant reduction in the voucher amount for the statewide program” said Jensen.  “We remain hopeful that the Governor and legislature will recognize that Wisconsin’s school choice programs are already underfunded and any decrease in the voucher amounts will harm students by reducing their educational options.”

 

-30-

The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.

The Wisconsin Federation for Children is the state-based affiliate of the American Federation for Children.