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Walker, Barrett attend school-choice event


MILWAUKEE (WSAU)   Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are the featured speakers Wednesday at a national school choice event. It’s part of a week-long “Whistle Stop Train Tour” put on by those who support giving tax-funded vouchers to low-income kids to try-and-improve their education in private schools.

Leaders of schools, education groups, and others are attending today’s program in downtown Milwaukee. The Republican Walker has long supported private school vouchers – and he’s considering an expansion of the state’s voucher program as part of the next state budget.

Barrett says the state’s voucher program hurts taxpayers by taking funds away from public schools. The mayor has said he’s willing to consider alternatives which keep the voucher program going, as long as all public schools statewide get more money from the state.