MADISON (WRN-WSAU) Governor Scott Walker is standing by his state budget proposal to expand the private school voucher program to more Wisconsin cities. The governor's budget would allow the taxpayer-funded vouchers to be issued in larger districts with multiple failing schools. Republican lawmakers this week floated a possible alternative, in the form of a tax credit for parents with kids in private schools. State Senator Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah) says it could be seen as an alternative to Governor Walker's proposal to expand the use of private school vouchers, although the governor does not expect it to replace his plan. Walker says it's worth discussing, but he believes the voucher plan is the right move.
The governor says all options will be considered though, as the Legislature continues work on the budget bill. Walker says he believes they are in a good position to get his voucher plan approved, although some tweaks might be needed along the way.
The tuition tax-credit proposal would be work $1,500 a year for students in elementary school, and $2,500 for students in high school.