Wisconsin families want more educational options. But current programs will not survive — let alone expand — unless we address major threats.
School Choice Wisconsin Action is a co-chair of the Wisconsin’s Coalition for Education Freedom, which is fighting for school choice for families across our state. Here are our goals:
Close the Funding Gap
All children have value. Yet those who attend private and independent charter schools receive only about 60 percent of funding available to public school students. We need to close that gap.
The funding gap particularly hurts private high schools, including those in Milwaukee and Racine, that significantly outperform public schools. Private schools struggle to compete for teachers. An exemplary Milwaukee high school has closed. Others are cutting back on seats.
Eliminate the Property Tax Impact
Enrollment growth can mean high property taxes. This is true except in Milwaukee, where choice will soon be paid 100% by state general purpose revenue. We should do the same elsewhere, including for independent charters. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates this would be a statewide property tax cut of $200 million.
End Barriers to Entry
Any family may choose traditional public schools, charters or open enrollment. Barriers to entry exist only in the Milwaukee, Racine and statewide parental choice programs.
Income eligibility is not the only barrier. Restrictive enrollment periods, district enrollment caps and grade point entry levels limit the ability of families to participate.
Learn more about the state assessments, financial audits, and accreditation requirements of Wisconsin’s parental choice programs.
Learn why the current funding model for choice high schools in Wisconsin is unsustainable.
Learn why we want lawmakers to support removing, or “decoupling,” funding for school choice outside Milwaukee from local property taxes.
Read frequently asked questions about parent choice programs in Wisconsin.
Learn why we must close the funding gap for high schools.
Learn about our proposal and why funding relief for choice schools matters.
Learn why Wisconsin parents are seeking more educational options for their children.