Governor says voucher program expansion should pend on success

Walker: Work on accountability bill nears finish line

Published On: Jul 05 2013 12:59:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 08 2013 10:06:07 AM CDT
Scott Walker
MADISON, Wis. -

Gov. Scott Walker said future expansion of a new statewide voucher program should be based on whether students perform at least as well at voucher schools than they did in public school.

A Wisconsin State Journal report said the issue is accountability. Democrats have been skeptical that Republicans will do enough to hold private voucher schools accountable.

Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon chairs the Senate Education Committee. He said work on an accountability bill is wrapping up, and he hopes it will begin circulating for sponsors in the next few weeks.

Olsen said the bill would apply the state's report-card system for public schools to voucher schools as well.

But Democrats said they're not convinced the GOP's talk about accountability will translate into real action.