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Friday - September 7, 2018 10:46 am

Voucher schools funneling more money from Wisconsin public schools

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School is back in session in Wisconsin, and unfortunately that means more of our tax dollars being used to fund private education for a growing number of students. Wisconsin’s school voucher program has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars in education spending away from public schools. According to a report from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau Wisconsin taxpayers have spent almost $270 million to provide a private education to voucher schools since the start of the year. We spent $475 million between 2015 and 2017 on vouchers, at a time when state spending on public schools declined by $150 million. Since the program began, taxpayers in Wisconsin have spent over $2.5 billion on voucher schools. We are talking real money here. Yet these voucher schools have no better track records than public schools, and aren’t held to nearly the same standards on measures like tracking student performance. So while taxpayers continue to spend and spend on financing private education, our public schools increasingly are turning to referendum to keep their doors open. Public schools are the great equalizer. Our lawmakers in Madison should properly fund our public schools to make sure that all students in Wisconsin have the same opportunity to learn.

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Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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