Racine Parental Choice Program
Racine Parental Choice Program (RPCP)
- Allows low- and some middle-income families to enroll their children in private schools with an educational voucher.
- Family income must be at or less than 300% of the federal poverty level ($86,500 for a married family of four).
- RPCP students outperform their public school peers on the ACT exam (DPI, 2021–22) and on most academic proficiency measures.
Barriers and Challenges
- As with the MPCP and WPCP, the RPCP is the only tax-supported educational option in Wisconsin that restricts participation based on income. There are no income limits for traditional public schools, charter schools, open enrollment, and the Special Needs Scholarship Program.
- Private schools in the program receive on average 59 percent of per-pupil funds available to traditional public schools. That markedly limits the supply of schools and the capacity of those in the program.
- A private school student who is not in the RPCP may enter only in grades K4, K5, 1, or 9. Students coming from public schools, who are homeschooled, or who have never attended school can enter at any grade level.
By the Numbers
- Students 2022–23: 3,935
- Schools: 31
- Voucher from state 2022–23: $8,399 (K–8) and $9,045 (high school)
- Enrollment cap: None
- Geographical limit: Students must reside in the Racine Unified Public School District. Schools anywhere in the state may participate in the program.
- History: Launched in 2011