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School voucher plan doesn't have votes to pass as-is


MADISON (WSAU)   Wisconsin Senate leaders say Governor Scott Walker will not get the full expansion of private school vouchers that he proposed in the next state budget. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he arranged a meeting this week with Walker aides, Assembly leaders, and voucher school officials to see if a compromise could be worked out. That was after most G-O-P senators shied away from the governor’s plan to let students in Madison, Green Bay, and seven other new school districts use tax-funded vouchers to attend private schools, as an option to low-performing public schools that would lose state aid.

Senate President Mike Ellis says a number of Republicans want the issue dealt with separately, and not in the massive budget. Ellis said G-O-P senators are especially against letting disabled students around the state get private school vouchers. Some parents of those youngsters have said their kids would lose federal protections if they left the public system.

Walker’s office says it will keep working with lawmakers on the subject.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said his majority Republicans remain committed to expanding voucher schools.