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State School Superintendent Tony Evers slams voucher expansion

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - State Superintendent Tony Evers joined a host of Wisconsin public school leaders Thursday, in condemning a state budget proposal to expand private school vouchers statewide on a limited basis.

At a school library in suburban Milwaukee, Evers said Wisconsin kids are, “caught in an ideologically-driven expansion of school vouchers that is financially reckless, and academically unproven.”

The proposed state budget would let the state’s current private school choice program continue as is for low-income youngsters in Milwaukee County and Racine. The budget compromise expands vouchers to 500 low to middle class youngsters statewide this fall – with the limit to be raised to 1,000 next year.

Evers said he was concerned that the Republican Walker would use his line-item veto powers to eliminate the caps for the program. And if he can’t do it now, the Superintendent says it’s possible that a GOP effort could be made to expand choice in the next budget in two years.

Walker said two days ago he would, “stay true” to the choice option as it’s now listed.

The full Assembly will start taking up the two-year budget package next week.