Assembly approves voucher school compensation plan

Assembly approves voucher school compensation plan

The Wisconsin Assembly has approved on a plan adjusting how public schools recoup their losses when students leave to attend voucher schools.

The state’s voucher program subsidizes private school tuition. The state funds the subsidies by reducing aid to districts that lose students to voucher schools. Under language in the 2015-17 state budget, those districts can compensate for those losses and more by raising property taxes. According to state fiscal analysts, 142 districts that lost $16.1 million in aid this school year raised their taxes to generate $21.4 million.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos proposed amending another voucher school bill Thursday to limit those property tax increases to the actual aid loss. The body approved the amended bill 56-37 Thursday and sent the bill to the Senate for final passage.