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Joint Finance Committee to take up private school voucher expansion Thursday


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Legislature’s finance committee will keep reviewing the proposed state budget Thursday – and the governor’s education measures will be on the hot seat.

Republican Scott Walker wants to expand private school vouchers in up to nine additional school districts. His goal is to give parents is underperforming school districts a chance to improve their kids’ education by offering tax-funded vouchers to attend private schools.

But Majority Republican senators say the plan’s too broad, and they’re hoping to scale it back.

The finance panel will also discuss Walker’s refusal to increase the state’s revenue limits for public schools, thus freezing their state aid.

The budget does include a one-percent increase in school aid – but Walker wants to give that money to taxpayers, who can then decide in referendums whether to give the schools the extra funding.

Two GOP Senate leaders took issue, and crafted their own plan for a direct school aid increase, to be funded by a slight jump in local property taxes.