ON-Lion Letter

The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WCPC) has announced an increase in the number of its participating schools from 82 during the 2015-16 academic year to 135 in 2016-17 -- a 40% expansion.  Many more schools inquired about joining the program in the future.  WPCP is the statewide school-choice program that allows low-income students who reside outside of Milwaukee and Racine to attend a private school using a state-funded voucher.

"Schools are enrolling in all corners of the state," according to Jim Bender, president of School Choice Wisconsin (SCW) in Milwaukee.  "From Park Falls to Oconomowoc, from Osceola to Marinette, from Muskego to Ashland, schools are responding to demand from parents for expanded educational opportunities.  Demand for the school choice program is undeniable."

Open enrollment for WPCP student participation began February 1 and will run through April 20.  With 53 new schools, there are now a total of 135 private schools to which parents can apply as part of the program.

"This increase in the number of schools is not surprising," Bender said.  "We know from conversations around Wisconsin that many more schools are considering entering the program to further serve families in their communities.

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supports SCW.

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