We just can’t afford it anymore. Spending on voucher schools in Wisconsin is like an out of control freight train. Costs for Wisconsin’s private school voucher program is poised to hit $350 million per year as more and more students enroll in the program. The program used to be in effect only in Milwaukee, but has since expanded statewide, and the costs have expanded along with it. This is a huge cost to taxpayers, and a drain on funding for our public schools. Keep in mind that these private voucher schools aren’t necessarily providing a better education. They aren’t required to keep track of student performance. And their teachers aren’t held to the same standards as those in public schools. The kicker is that a large majority of the students enrolled in Wisconsin’s voucher schools aren’t even leaving a public school to go there. Instead, 82% of students statewide who attend private voucher schools attended a private school last year. Fewer than 11% of those receiving the taxpayer funded vouchers to attend private schools came from a public school the previous year. The only difference for most of these students is that instead of their parents paying for them to attend private schools is that now the taxpayers are picking up the tab. And at $350 million a year, Wisconsin taxpayers can no longer afford it. It is time to pull in the reins on Wisconsin’s school voucher program and stop picking up the tuition tab for students already enrolled in private schools.