Assembly Republicans Considering School Choice Changes; Senate Opposed
We learned earlier this week that Assembly Republicans are
considering increasing the income eligibility limit for the statewide
school choice program from 185% of the Federal Poverty Level to 300% of
the Federal Poverty Level. In addition, they are thinking about
modifying the enrollment cap on the statewide school choice program.
Currently, no more than 2% of any school district’s students can
participate in the program. Legislators are said to be considering
changing the district-by-district cap on enrollment to a statewide cap
on enrollment. However, the Wisconsin State Journal reports that Senate Republican leaders oppose the changes.
The Joint Finance Committee has
not met since June 15, and it unclear when they will re-convene. There
continues to be a deep divide between the Assembly and Senate on how to
address transportation and education funding issues.