ON-Lion Letter
The total number of students using Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) vouchers to attend participating private, including religious, schools increased by four percent in 2009, according to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction data released in November.  Specifically, the parents of 21,062 students are using vouchers to attend 111 MPCP-participating schools during the current academic year, up from 20,244 at 127 schools last year. 

The maximum number of MPCP vouchers allowable by state law is 22,500.  The vouchers are worth up to $6,442 this year, down from $6,607 last year.

Overall enrollment in the Milwaukee Public Schools system declined to 82,444 this year, from 85,369 last year.

St. Anthony School of Milwaukee on the city's south side, which added a high-school program this year, has the largest enrollment of MPCP students, at 1,277. 

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports several organizations that try to help increase educational options for parents, including through MPCP vouchers.  These groups include, among others, Partners Advancing Values in EducationMarquette University's Institute for the Transformation of Learning, School Choice Wisconsin, and the Black Alliance for Educational Options' Milwaukee chapter.  The Bradley Foundation also supports several MPCP-participating schools.
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