ON-Lion Letter

Data released in May show that more parents across Wisconsin are applying to get into the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

“Once again, applications far exceeded the cap,” noted Jim Bender, president of School Choice Wisconsin, which is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.  “For the second year in a row, we have thousands of parents -- over 70% -- who are left on the outside looking in.  The caps on the program are denying students in all types of schools -- private and public from getting access.”

Also for the second year, students applying to the program from public schools exceeded the caps.  Only 500 new slots were open for the 2014-15 academic year and 537 public-school students applied, an increase over last year.

The 3,407 total applications were more than six times the number of new vouchers available for the 2014-15 school year.  The forced waitlisting of students denied a voucher this year exceeds 2,400 and represents a 26% increase in the number of students denied access to the school of their choice over the current year.

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