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School Choice Opponents Should Be Careful What They Wish For

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My former colleague John Jagler, now State Representative John Jagler, has a warning for the opponents of school choice: Be Careful What You Wish For.

It's simple math. Last year it cost taxpayers roughly $13,000 to send a child to a Milwaukee public school. Because the district is so large, a majority of that money came from the rest of the state, not just taxpayers from Milwaukee. By comparison, taxpayers paid $6,400 for voucher students. 
So if the choice program was wiped out by her magic wand, taxpayers would have to pay substantially more and, as a result, there would be much less money available in our district and the rest of the state.
That is exactly why Politifact and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel gave Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca a "False" rating when he said that lawmakers who supported choice expansion"voted to take funding away from their public schools in their districts to give it to private Milwaukee voucher schools."
Check out the entire column at RightWisconsin.

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