Press Releases

Statement on Passage of Education Package by JFC

Per pupil funding, summer school and income limits included in motion Madison – The Joint Committee on Finance approved an education motion today as part of the 2017-19 biennial budget. The following is a statement from SCW President Jim Bender: “We thank the committee for approving substantial funding increases for students in the Parental Choice [...]

By |2017-08-29T15:31:34+00:00August 29th, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

New Report Shows Impact of Current Accountability Measures in Milwaukee Parental Choice Program

  Report challenges voucher program critics' opposition that schools are "unaccountable" August 1, 2017 – Milwaukee, WI – School Choice Wisconsin (SCW) and Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) have co-authored a new, comprehensive study on the impact of Wisconsin’s accountability laws on private schools in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP).  The study, the [...]

By |2017-08-02T15:08:16+00:00August 2nd, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

Once Again, Voucher Funding Context

Yesterday, a LFB memo was released highlighting the state aid portion of education funding and the relative levels between the Parental Choice Programs and traditional public school district funding increases. As has been the practice, the request for the memo is selectively narrow to give only a portion of the data without context. The memo [...]

By |2017-08-02T15:10:25+00:00May 31st, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

28 Schools Register for Special Needs Scholarship Program

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) published a press release this morning noting that 28 private schools in 5 counties have registered for the new Special Needs Scholarship Program. In total, there are 416 seats available for students ranging from grades K4-12 and ages 4-21. “Once again, parents and students are showing their demand for [...]

By |2017-05-31T14:06:52+00:00May 31st, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

Sup. Tony Evers Contradicts Himself In Swipe At School Choice

The US Department of Justice launched an investigation concerning discrimination against students with disabilities by private schools in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) after the ACLU and Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) filed a compliant. After four years, the DOJ closed the investigation without finding any discrimination Of importance, however, was that the investigation used [...]

By |2017-05-31T14:06:20+00:00May 31st, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

Parental Choice Program Students Outperform Peers

Data released today by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) shows that again this year, students in the Parental Choice Programs are outperforming their peers.  As with all test data, a one-year snapshot has limitations but the trend of higher scores for students on a voucher is great news for students and taxpayers. “All three [...]

By |2017-05-31T14:05:46+00:00May 31st, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

Statement on WILL Test Score Study

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) released the results of a study on standardized test scores that accounted for socioeconomic factors for all school sectors across Wisconsin. Here are some of the highlights of the study: Students in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) scored 5% higher in reading proficiency and 4% higher [...]

By |2017-08-02T19:37:45+00:00March 1st, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

Students In Parental Choice Programs Score Higher

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released test score data from last spring that shows that students in the Parental Choice Programs did well when measured against their public school counterparts.  In both math and English language arts, students on a voucher in all three choice programs outperformed their income-adjusted counterparts on the Badger Exam, [...]

By |2017-08-02T19:31:11+00:00March 16th, 2016|Press Releases|0 Comments

Special Needs Scholarship Fix Passes Senate

The Special Needs Scholarship, created in the last state budget, needed minor adjustments to match both the intent of the legislature with regards to eligibility and to assist in implementation by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  After years of work to design the program, School Choice Wisconsin thanks Senator Leah Vukmir, Representative John Jagler [...]

By |2017-08-02T19:29:34+00:00March 15th, 2016|Press Releases|0 Comments