Wis. superintendent lashes out against vouchers

Wisconsin state superintendent Tony Evers says it is morally wrong to expand Milwaukee’s voucher school program at the same time funding for public education is slashed.

Evers sent a letter to the Legislature’s budget committee on Monday urging the Republican-controlled panel to restore funding for public schools before considering growing the voucher program.

The committee is slated to take up Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to cut state aid to schools, and reduce how much schools can raise through property taxes, on Thursday.

Evers says the voucher program hasn’t proven successful in Milwaukee. He says lawmakers should be focused on improving achievement of all Wisconsin school children before cutting aid to education and bolstering vouchers.

Walker supports expanding vouchers to several cities in the state as well as suburban Milwaukee districts.