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Four private schools turned down for state funding under voucher program

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   State education officials have refused to give tax dollars to four private schools in Milwaukee. The schools tried to join the state’s school choice voucher program for the first time, but the Department of Public Instruction says they are not financially viable for various reasons. The four schools are the Believers Institute, Imani Academy, Divine Destiny School, and the Leaders Institute for Educational Empowerment. A fifth Milwaukee school, the Doctor Brenda Noach Choice School, lost voucher funding because it’s not accredited by a state-approved organization.

The voucher program gives tax money to low-income kids to attend private schools. Almost 125 Milwaukee private schools are registered for the choice program – including 14 that signed up for the first time this fall.

A bill recently introduced in the Legislature would create a rating system for private schools, in the hopes of improving their quality. The measure would also make qualifying schools wait at least a year before they can start taking voucher students.