Wisconsin’s public schools are at a crossroads. Enrollment in many districts, like La Crosse, is declining. That means fewer dollars flowing from Madison and leads many districts to hold referendums asking voters to approve spending additional money to educate their children. Part of the problem is the proliferation of private voucher schools. These schools siphon money from public education to pay for their own curriculum, which does not have the same standards as public schools. Private schools say they can provide a better education than public schools, but there is zero evidence that is true. In fact, the group School Choice Wisconsin provides no documentation of their students’ test scores, or the taxpayer’s cost of educating them. But these private schools are not the great equalizer. Many refuse to accept students who are more expensive to teach, such as the disabled or those with learning disabilities. They can hand select their student body. Wisconsin’s school voucher program, the first in the nation, had just 350 students when it launched in 1990. Today, there are 52,000 voucher students in Wisconsin being educated at taxpayer expense, and nearly all were already enrolled in private schools before taxpayers started footing their tuition costs. That number is expected to grow in coming years when the cap on voucher school enrollment goes away. This is a waste of our tax dollars, and harmful to efforts to provide a quality, public education.