Push to give school vouchers to middle-income families hits wall

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A proposal to expand the number of private school vouchers in Wisconsin isn’t gaining traction with some Republican lawmakers who have previously backed expanding school choice. Senate Republicans are opposing a plan to make the vouchers available to wealthier families, while Assembly Speaker Robin Vos supports the proposal. > Wisconsin State Journal

State Journal: Firearms 101 a bad idea for schools

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Most Wisconsin high schools don’t teach students how to drive cars anymore because of limited time and money. Yet some Republican lawmakers think today’s schools have the resources and need to start teaching teenagers how to handle and shoot guns. The Wisconsin State Journal says: “Seriously?”

Medicaid caps in health care bills could push more special needs costs onto schools

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More than 118,000 students with special needs in Wisconsin schools receive services during the school day funded in part by Medicaid. But since both the House and Senate health care bills put caps on Medicaid funding to states, that could leave school districts on the hook. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

At Walker event to tout K-12 funding bill, local educators push back

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Reporters weren’t the only ones to show up for Gov. Walker’s press conference on K-12 funding in Holmen Thursday. More than a dozen local educators brought up their own points, with signs reading “All our children deserve funding every year, not just campaign years!” and “Put voucher schools to a state vote.” > La Crosse Tribune

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout: Wisconsin’s future children deserve an equal education

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Should a Wisconsin child born into a poor family, an inner-city neighborhood or a rural home, or born with a special need, face fewer opportunities in their public school? State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, a possible Dem gubernatorial candidate, says that although the answer’s no, we’re on a path that leads there. > The Cap Times

Senate working on school funding plan that could break budget stalemate

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With school funding being a sticking point in the stalled budget process, GOP senators announced they are working on a plan that could help low-spending rural school districts, as the Assembly plan aims to do, while also accommodating Walker’s target of holding the line on property taxes. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GOP plan would disallow recurring school referendums, and roll back existing referendums in 130 districts

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Wisconsin school districts could no longer use recurring referendums to pay for ongoing expenses under a measure heard by an Assembly panel last week, instead limiting referendums to five years. The plan would also force nearly a third of Wisconsin’s school districts to roll back recurring referendums that voters passed dating back to 1996. > Wisconsin Public Radio