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Evers askes Assembly to pass bill to prevent expansion of vouchers

MADISON - State school Superintendent Tony Evers has asked the Assembly to pass a bill that prevents the expansion of tax-funded vouchers for low-income kids to attend private schools.

Last June, lawmakers approved a last-minute package of items to the current state budget which expands the Milwaukee voucher program to other cities based on their sizes, poverty levels, and public school spending. But critics said it would spread the voucher program throughout the state, and cause large declines in public school enrollments. And the program's supporters said they intended to limit the program to the current Milwaukee County and Racine.

Lawmakers promised to pass legislation to clarify that stand. But Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) now says he's not sure if there are enough votes to pass it. The state Senate okayed the measure last fall.