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Deadline to apply for new voucher school program Friday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Friday is the deadline for low-income parents to apply for state-funded vouchers to send their kids to private schools this fall.

Wisconsin approved a limited statewide choice program a few weeks ago.

48 private and religious schools have applied for the program. The limit is 500 students – and if there are more applicants than that, only the 25 schools with the highest numbers of applications will be allowed to take part.

The state Department of Public Instruction says it will wait until next week to announce how many parents apply, and which schools will make the final cut.

Wisconsin’s voucher program has run for 20 years in Milwaukee, and two years in Racine.

Supporters say it provides a better alternative to underperforming public schools. Opponents say it takes away much-needed state funds from public education.