Evers calls voucher expansion ‘morally wrong’ in memo
By Karen Herzog of the Journal Sentinel
Updated: May 23, 2011 8:35 p.m.
State Superintendent Tony Evers in a memo Monday urged the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee to restore funding for public schools and work collaboratively to improve the quality of all Milwaukee schools before considering any voucher expansion.
“To spend hundreds of millions to expand a 20-year-old program that has not improved overall student achievement, while defunding public education, is morally wrong,” Evers said.
Gov. Scott Walker has proposed eliminating income restrictions for participation in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, uncapping enrollment in the program and allowing private schools throughout Milwaukee County to accept vouchers from Milwaukee students. Walker also has spoken of expanding the voucher program to other urban areas, such as Racine, Green Bay and Beloit.