Superior School District Concerned About Gov. Walker's Choice Voucher System

By KBJR News 1

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 9:23 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Governor Walker's proposal to expand the voucher system to help pay tuition at private schools was the topic of Thursday's round table discussion in Superior.

Superior school officials are concerned that under this system, the district could lose $1 million and have to make more cuts to programs.

Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) and State Representative Nick Milroy attended the event to explain the voucher system to parents and school board members.

Under the voucher system, school districts are rated as either failing, meeting expectations or exceeding exceptions.

Students enrolled in school districts that are failing are eligible to be part of the voucher system.

Their parents could then choose to enroll their child into a private institution.

State and tax dollars would help fund that tuition to the tune of more than $6,000.

Under Walker's criteria Superior Middle and High Schools fall into this failing category.

The rating system for public schools is determined by one test given to students.

Senator Jauch says this system is unacceptable and is a disgrace to the public school system.

"He [Walker] is taking one test with flawed results and labeling 9 school districts in the state, including superior as failing school districts even though superior was only 2 tenths of a percent from what would be considered an acceptable level school system," said Jauch.

According to the Superintendent of public schools Superior High School has very high ACT scores and beat out state averages in other academic categories as well.

The school district and Senator Jauch hopes the discussion tonight helped people better understand how this part of Walker's budget would affect Superior schools.

Under Gov. Walker's plan the district could be considered as one of the nine school districts in the state to be part of the voucher system.

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