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Legislation would give parents of private school students tax break


MADISON, WI (WTAQ)  - A new bill in the state Legislature would give a tax break to parents of students in Wisconsin private schools.

Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend and Assembly Republican Dean Kaufert of Neenah introduced the measure in both houses Tuesday.

It’s an alternative to the governor’s plan to expand tax-funded vouchers for kids to attend private schools in up to nine new school districts.

The tax credits would be phased in. Parents of those in private elementary schools would get credits of up to $1,500. A $2,500 tax break would go to families of youngsters in private high schools.

GOP Governor Scott Walker has proposed the vouchers to give parents an alternative in places with underperforming public schools.

Madison and Green Bay would be among those getting the vouchers for the first time. For now, they’d be worth over $6,400 per student.

But a number of Senate Republicans oppose the Walker voucher plan – and talks continue behind closed doors on a compromise.

Walker has said he’d favor private school tax credits in addition to vouchers – but not as a replacement for them.