It’s time to let our elected officials know we believe in choice–school choice, that is!
Governor Walker’s 2013-2014 budget includes some encouraging expansion of school choice in Wisconsin, particularly in the Parental Choice Program or the “voucher program.”
Governor Walker recommends extending to low-income and working-class parents in eligible school districts the same private school option for their children that parents in Milwaukee and Racine currently enjoy. The eligible families must live in school districts containing at least 4,000 enrolled students and 2 underperforming (‘D’ or ‘F’) schools (currently Beloit, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Sheboygan, Superior, Waukesha, and West Allis-West Milwaukee). The expansion is capped at 500 students statewide in 2013-14 and 1,000 students in 2014-15.
Wisconsin Family Action supports this proposal.
- Parents are responsible for the education of their children. Having good choices of partners to choose from to help them with this critical responsibility is important. The expansion of this school choice program opens up additional options for many parents.
- Taxpayers get a better deal. The cost per pupil for students in the voucher program is currently a maximum of $6,442. The average per-pupil cost in Wisconsin’s public schools is over $11,000. Even with the Governor’s proposed increase in 2014-2015 for students in the voucher program ($7,050 K-8 and $7,856 9-12; vouchers have not increased for several years), taxpayers are saving money.
- Communities are also getting better prepared young people. Research on Milwaukee’s Parental Choice Program shows better graduation rates among students who have been in the Choice Program and also has had a positive impact on Milwaukee Public Schools’ overall academic performance and graduation rates because of the competition choice schools create.
Joint Finance Committee is taking up the budget now in preparation for votes in the Assembly and the Senate. Now is the time to let members of the state senate in particular know you support giving parents more options for the education of their children.
Here are some ways YOU can TAKE ACTION TODAY:
1. Click here to send your state senator an email encouraging him/her to support the Governor’s school choice expansion OR
2. Call your state senator and deliver this simple message: “I urge you to support the Govenor’s school choice expansion plan in the state budget. It’s good for parents and children and for taxpayers–both of which make it very good for Wisconsin.” Click here to find your state senator and his/her contact information.
3. Share this information with family/friends, encouraging them to join you in contacting their state senator on this important matter.