State to Spend $258M on Vouchers Next School Year

The state will spend $258 million the 2016-17 school year on private school vouchers, according to an analysis drafted by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau in a memo requested by Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).

At the same time, the amount of state aid sent to public schools will be reduced by $83 million to offset the voucher spending, for a net cost to the state of $175 million.

The amount spent each year on school vouchers will have increased by 77 percent next school year over 2011 levels, as lawmakers have expanded the number of vouchers available to students and where they can be used since then.

The amount of money spent has risen from $146 million in the 2011-12 school year to $236 million this school year.

The state spent $5.2 billion on public schools in 424 school districts last school year, according to the LFB, when it spent $213 million on vouchers used in 159 private schools.

Read More: Wisconsin State Journal; Sen. Shilling Release