Voucher Supporters Ask Walker to Expand Milwaukee Program

A group of more than 30 voucher-school leaders, religious leaders, community organizers and local politicians sent a position statement Thursday to Gov. Scott Walker and key Republican legislators, asking them to lift the cap on the number of students participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.

The statement on the program, which allows low-income children in Milwaukee to attend private schools in the city on publicly funded vouchers, asks the new governor for equity in school funding for voucher students.

It also states that accountability measures enacted in 2008 should be left in place, such as requiring voucher students to take the state’s annual standardized achievement test.

The letter also states that income restrictions to take part in the program should be left in place, but that they might be adjusted to make sure the program doesn’t exclude the working poor.

Many of the voucher-school supporters behind the position statement are prominent black community leaders in Milwaukee.

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