MADISON (WSAU) A report issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction shows students at the state’s voucher schools improved their math and reading proficiencies, but still trail students attending class in public schools. Supporters of school vouchers say the numbers don’t account for the fact their schools serve primarily students from low-income families. Supporters of public schools refute that, pointing out that the two educational approaches use different family income limits.
The arguments have heated up as Governor Scott Walker considers expanding the state’s voucher program. That issue will be determined as the state budget debate continues.