After more than two decades of vouchers, Wisconsin is finally getting a statewide school choice program. However, it will be limited to just 1,000 students - or one-tenth of one percent of the state's public school students.....This package...was passed on a 12-4 party line vote at 4:40 AM.So in other words, the parents of 99.9 percent of students who might like to opt out of public education are out of luck. We pay tuition to send our son to Catholic school but we still shelled out big money to the local school district through our taxes. My son's school is struggling with enrollment, and I really don't enjoy subsidizing the competition.
I had much more written here, but it was probably too cynical to be worth posting.
The JFC did throw one bone to families like mine:
Additionally, JFC members voted in a new form of school choice for Wisconsin. Parents will be able to take advantage of an income tax deduction for families that send their children to private schools. This would include a deduction of expenses totaling up to $4,000 per student for pupils enrolled in grades K-8 and $10,000 per student for high schoolers.I'd love to see a no-strings-attached tax credit for any family that opts out of public education, but that seems to be a pipe dream. What is your policy preference?