Milwaukee Parental Choice Program

Program Information

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  • Program Type: Voucher Program, Means Tested

Student Participation

  • Student must live in the Milwaukee Public School District
  • Family income below 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines ($73,800 for a family of four in 2018), with an additional $7,000 allowed for households with married parents
  • Meet state nondiscrimination policies
  • Meet state health and safety codes
  • Allow students to opt out of religious programs
  • Administer to scholarship recipients the Wisconsin Forward exam for: science in grades 4 and 8; social studies in grades 4, 8 and 10; and English language arts and math in grades 3–8
  • Administer to scholarship recipients in high school: the ACT suite of assessments and civics test composed of the same 100 questions that may be asked of an individual during the process of applying for U.S. citizenship by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (scholarship students must correctly answer at least 65 of those questions to receive a high school diploma)
  • Receive accreditation within three years of participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program; current participating schools adding grades or creating a new school are exempt
  • Submit to the state an annual financial audit conducted by a certified public accountant
  • Admit eligible students on a random basis
  • Provide the state with evidence of sound fiscal practices and financial viability to the state
  • Require school administrators to undergo financial training and to have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education or a Wisconsin teacher or administrator license
  • Require teachers to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education or a Wisconsin teacher license and teacher aides to have a high school diploma, a GED or an HSED
  • Provide 1,050 hours of direct pupil instruction in grades 1–6 and 1,137 hours of direct pupil instruction in grades 7–12
  • Provide the state with information about the academic program at the participating school and student test score data

Data Update

Scholarships Awarded
28,702
Schools Participating
126
2016 Expenditures
$213,300,000

Financial

Scholarship Cap
- $7,530 (for K–8)
- $8,176 (for 9–12)
- Each year, the scholarship cap will increase by a percentage equal to the percentage increase given to Wisconsin public schools
Enrollment Cap
- None
Program Funding
- $213.3 million