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1703, 21 Jan 19

Wisconsin Knows How to Provide Great Education

Good stuff.

Dive Deeper: Wisconsin has a rich history of providing parents and families with education options that best serve their children.

  • Wisconsin is home to the nation’s oldest private voucher program in the country. The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), created with bipartisan support in 1990, now provides education options to 28,000 students in Wisconsin’s largest city.
  • 60,000 students use Wisconsin’s open enrollment program, a form of school choice where students can enroll in another public school district.
  • 42,000 students attend public charter schools – which happen to be some of the highest performing schools in the state.
  • 10,000 students attend private schools in the Racine Parental Choice Program (3,000) and the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (7,000), new and growing voucher programs.
  • 650 Wisconsin students use the Special Needs Scholarship Program, a program designed to provide low-income students with special needs with the option to attend a private school.

The Facts: School choice in Wisconsin has been the subject of a number of rigorous academic studies and research. Some important findings include:


1703, 21 January 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Aside from better education, taxpayer is only providing 1/2 the funding vs. cost of public school.

    We need to get to a model where schools compete.

    Show the nation that schooling can be better than government monopoly.

  2. Le Roi du Nord


    The fact that there are choice and charter schools proves your claim of “government monopoly” to be false.  Do you ever think before you type??

  3. Kevin Scheunemann

    Oh Nord,

    I was referring to monopoly in other states, and the quasi-monopoly that still exists in this state.

  4. jjf

    It’s simple, Kevin.  Just change the state Constitution.  Make your case for not educating the populace.  See if you can win hearts and minds on this idea.

    For some reason, previous Wisconsinites thought it would be a good idea to offer an education to everyone.

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