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Voucher victory in Wisconsin

A Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling June 10 was the biggest victory yet in the school voucher movement. The court decided a publicly funded school voucher program in Milwaukee could be expanded to include private religious schools.

The ruling said adding private religious schools to the 8-year-old Milwaukee Parental Choice Program was constitutional. The program was formerly limited to private nonreligious schools.
The ruling said adding private religious schools to the 8-year-old Milwaukee Parental Choice Program was constitutional. The program was formerly limited to private nonreligious schools.

The program provides students from low-income families with taxpayer funds not to exceed the cost of private-school tuition, which averages about $2,800 per student in Milwaukee. So far 1,500 students have participated in the program, but the court's ruling is expected to expand that number tenfold.

Those opposed to vouchers vowed to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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