ON-Lion Letter

Data released in May by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction shows that the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) has increased demand going into the third year of the program.  Once again, the number of applications for both students and schools exceeded the current law caps.

For the 2015-16 academic year, 3,540 students and 90 schools applied to participate, up from 3,407 students and 68 schools in 2014-15 and 2,426 students and 48 schools in 2013-14.

"Demand continues to grow for the program," said Jim Bender, president of School Choice Wisconsin (SCW) in Milwaukee.  "This year shows that there are more applicants and schools wanting to participate than last year.  Clearly, parents desire access to the program.

"With continued strong demand from parents in public school, home school, private school, and those just entering school, the statewide school choice program shows popularity from a wide variety of sectors," Bender added.  "The more parents learn about the school choice program, the more they like it."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports SCW.

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