Wis. gov expects compromise on voucher school plan

Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 --- 5:10 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he expects GOP leaders will reach some sort of compromise on a contentious section of his budget that would expand private school vouchers next week.

The voucher program subsidizes students' private school tuition. It's currently in effect in Milwaukee and Racine.

Walker's budget would expand the program to large districts with at least two schools receiving a D or F grade on new state report cards. Nine more districts would qualify next year.

Republican Senate leaders, though, have questioned using the report cards as program triggers and spending $73 million more on vouchers.

The Legislature's finance committee is slated to vote on the plan Wednesday. Walker told reporters on Friday he expects GOP leaders will strike a deal before then. He declined to elaborate.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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