Walker presses case for expanding school choice

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he wants parents to have the broadest possible spectrum of choices when it comes to educating their children.

The Republican governor spoke Wednesday at a school-choice event in Milwaukee. He said his goal is to improve public schools, but when there's not enough improvement families should have other options.

School choice includes voucher programs, in which the government helps pay for tuition at private schools, including religious schools.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat, also attended the event. He says his main concern is that school choice not siphon funds away from public schools.

Walker says he wants to reward high-achieving and improving schools. Without elaborating, he told reporters it's possible to expand choices without diverting resources from other schools.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are scheduled to be the headliners at a national school-choice event in Milwaukee.

The event Wednesday morning is part of National School Choice Week. It's organized by advocates who favor giving parents more options to choose which schools their children attend.

School choice includes voucher programs, in which the government helps pay for tuition at private schools, including religious schools. Walker supports vouchers and has pledged to expand the program, but he hasn't said exactly what he will propose.

Barrett has said he opposes expanding the state's voucher program because doing so would hurt property taxpayers. He has said he's willing to consider alternatives as long as they include additional funding for all public schools statewide.


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