Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 --- 9:33pm
The latest Wisconsin school testing results, released Tuesday, have created a heated debate on school vouchers.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction says the results show voucher schools doing worse than public schools, but not everyone agrees.
As the debate to expand school vouchers in Wisconsin continues, the new data seems to give opponents of the program an upper hand.
The voucher program allows low-and middle-income parents to use taxpayer money to send their kids to private schools.
According to DPI, students in Milwaukee and Racine who took part in the voucher program scored lower than students at public schools in those areas.
The president of School Choice Wisconsin, Jim Bender, argues that the numbers released by the state Tuesday don't give an accurate view on how voucher schools are doing. Bender says the data should have compared voucher students to low-income public school students.
"If we want to have a conversation about what's working and what's not,...don't just put a little data out that let's people draw just one conclusion” Bender tells NBC 15.
Governor Walker is currently trying to expand the voucher program to nine additional cities, including Madison.