Enacted 2011 • Launched 2011 • Voucher
Wisconsin’s Parental Private School Choice Program (Racine) is open to any income-qualified
child who attended Racine Unified Public Schools in the prior year or any current or entering
private school student in kindergarten or first grade and kindergarten schools that specifically
serve only four- and five-year-old students. Entering private school ninth graders also are eligible.
Latest Stats (2012-13)
- Students participating: 499
- Schools participating: 11
- Average voucher value: $6,442
Average voucher value as a percentage of
Wisconsin’s total per-student spending ($11,453)
In 2013-14, vouchers are worth the lesser of the following for each participating student: $6,442 or the school’s operating and debt service cost per pupil. In 2014-15, the maximum amount will be $7,210 for grades K-8 and $7,856 for grades 9-12. Beginning in 2015-16, maximum voucher payments increase by a percentage equal to the percentage increase in general school aid to Wisconsin public schools. Parents of students in grades 9-12 that have an income greater than 220 percent of the federal poverty level may be charged additional tuition ($51,810 for a family of four in 2013-14).
Students are eligible for vouchers if they live in families with incomes up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level ($70,650 for a family of four in 2013-14); moreover, a family’s income limit increases by $7,000 if the student’s parents/legal guardians are married. Students who are continuing the program from previous years and those who were on a school’s waiting list in the prior year because the school did not have space available do not need to demonstrate income eligibility. Students must have been either 1) enrolled in a public school in the previous year, 2) not enrolled in school in the previous year, 3) enrolled in a private school under the voucher program in the previous year, or 4) be entering kindergarten, first grade, or ninth grade.
No legal challenges have been filed against the program.
Rules & Regulations
- Income Limit: 300% x Poverty
- Geographic Limit: District (Racine)
- Enrollment Cap: None
- Voucher Cap: $6,442
- Testing Mandates: Yes-National
The new school choice program is now contained in Wisconsin Statutes § 118.60.
Robbie Rhinesmith | email@example.com
How to apply: http://sms.dpi.wi.gov/sms_ppscp_index