Gov. Walker to expand voucher program

Gov. Scott Walker tells The Associated Press in an exclusive interview that he is proposing Wisconsin’s voucher school program expand in such a way that nine districts would immediately qualify, including Madison and Green Bay.

The expansion would only be allowed in districts that have at least two school buildings receiving a D or F grade on state report cards and have at least 4,000 students.

Walker provided details of the plan in advance to the AP before releasing it publicly on Monday. It will be included in his budget delivered to the Legislature on Wednesday.

The plan is certain to unleash a tough fight.

The other seven districts that would immediately qualify under Walker’s plan are Beloit, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Sheboygan, Superior, Waukesha, and West Allis-West Milwaukee.