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Expansion of new statewide voucher program debate continues

By: WEAU Staff
By: WEAU Staff

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says future expansion of a new statewide voucher program should be based on whether students perform at least as well at voucher schools than they did in public school.

A Wisconsin State Journal report (http://bit.ly/14QMS0R ) says the issue is accountability. Democrats have been skeptical that Republicans will do enough to hold private voucher schools accountable.

Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon chairs the Senate Education Committee. He says work on an accountability bill is wrapping up, and he hopes it will begin circulating for sponsors in the next few weeks.

Olsen says the bill would apply the state's report-card system for public schools to voucher schools as well.

But Democrats say they're not convinced the GOP's talk about accountability will translate into real action.


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