WISCONSIN

The Wisconsin Federation for Children seeks to empower families, especially lower-income families, with the freedom to choose the best K-12 education for their children. We are a project of the American Federation for Children.

WISCONSIN’S SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAMS:

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SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or services plan in effect

  • Reside in the state of Wisconsin

WISCONSIN PARENTAL CHOICE PROGRAM

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Student must live in Milwaukee

  • Family income must be below 300% of the federal poverty guideline ($79,500 for a family of four in 2021-22), with an additional $7,000 allowed for households with married parents

  • All students must apply for the program every year and must meet program residency requirements

  • A student using a voucher whose family income increases beyond eligibility may continue to attend a private school using a voucher.

RACINE PARENTAL CHOICE PROGRAM

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Student must live in the Racine Unified School District

  • Family income below 300% of the federal poverty guideline ($79,500 for a family of four in 2021-22), with an additional $7,000 allowed for households with married parents

  • Student must: 
    • Be applying to grades K4, K5, 1 or 9; OR 
    • Meet one of the following requirements for the prior school year: 
      • (a) attended a public school in Wisconsin; 
      • (b) attended school in another state; 
      • (c) was not enrolled in school (includes homeschooled students for the entire prior school year); 
      • (d) participated in the Choice program; or 
      • (e) is on a Choice program waiting list

  • Students applying to a school that is governed under an agreement by an existing Choice school governing board do not have to meet the above prior year enrollment requirement for up to the first two years the school is in the program

  • All students must apply for the program every year and must meet program residency requirements

  • A student using a voucher whose family income increases beyond eligibility may continue to attend a private school using a voucher.

MILWAUKEE PARENTAL CHOICE PROGRAMS

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Student must reside outside of the city of Milwaukee and the Racine Unified School District

  • Family income cannot exceed 220% of the federal poverty guideline ($58,300 for a family of four in 2021-22), with an additional $7,000 allowed for households with married parents

  • Student must: 
    • Be applying to grades K4, K5, 1 or 9; OR 
    • Meet one of the following requirements for the prior school year: 
      • (a) attended a public school in Wisconsin; 
      • (b) attended school in another state; 
      • (c) was not enrolled in school (includes homeschooled students for the entire prior school year); 
      • (d) participated in the Choice program; or 
      • (e) is on a Choice program waiting list, OR 
      • (f) are applying to the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program and are on any prior year Wisconsin Parental Choice Program waiting list due to a school district enrollment cap

  • Students applying to a school that is governed under an agreement by an existing Choice school governing board do not have to meet the above prior year enrollment requirement for up to the first two years the school is in the program

  • All students must apply for the program every year and must meet program residency requirements

  • A student using a voucher whose family income increases beyond eligibility may continue to attend a private school using a voucher.

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Our team focuses its time and resources on supporting state-level efforts to provide low-income and middle-income families with access to great schools through private school choice.

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