Racine schools speak against vouchers
The superintendent is voicing his problems with a GOP proposal to expand the voucher program. Video by wtmj.comvideo
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- School leaders in Racine are urging Republicans who control the Legislature to remove a provision from the state budget allowing voucher schools in that city.
The budget would also expand vouchers to schools in Milwaukee County and in Green Bay.
Racine Unified School District Superintendent Jim Shaw said Tuesday that vouchers in his city will result in the defunding of public education, raise property taxes and make it harder to balance the school budget without cutting positions.
Voucher supporter Rep. Robin Vos of Rochester says Racine's voucher program has wide support in the community and will remain in the budget.
He says vouchers for Green Bay will also remain, but may undergo some changes.
Budget debate begins Tuesday.
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