State senate proposal has school districts paying large share of vouchers funding

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A plan proposed by Senate Republicans Tuesday would spend $580 million on the Milwaukee, Racine and Statewide Parental Choice programs over the next two years. But more than a third would be paid for with cuts to the affected districts, who’d have to reduce budgets or increase taxes to fill the holes. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kevin Nicholson officially enters race against Baldwin with this launch video

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Former Marine and former Democrat Kevin Nicholson today became the first Republican to get into the 2018 race against Sen. Tammy Baldwin next year. Hailing from Delafield, Nicholson launched his campaign with this video, strongly emphasizing his military service and casting himself as a “conservative outsider” who is pro-life, pro-gun and pro-voucher. > Wisconsin Public Radio.

$8.5M reasons Wisconsin GOP wants to expand school voucher eligibility

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Assembly and Senate Republicans wrangling over the state budget agree on at least one major policy item: More state spending and higher income limits for the state’s school voucher programs. The reason is at least in part because voucher interests (most from out of state) doled out $8.5 million to support mostly Republican candidates from 2010-2016. > Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

GOP lawmakers want to widen voucher eligibility, but disagree on how much

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Wisconsin lawmakers don’t agree on income limits for the voucher programs that let low- to middle-income students go to private schools at taxpayer expense. Right now, families at less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level qualify. Senate Republicans want to raise that to 220 percent, while Assembly Speaker Robin Vos favors 300 percent. > Wisconsin Public Radio

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

Assembly passes voucher school background check requirement

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Private schools in Wisconsin’s voucher program would have to conduct employee background checks under a bill passed by the state Assembly. The bill also included some non-controversial technical changes supported by DPI. Having passed the Senate last week, the bill now heads to Scott Walker for his signature. > AP News / Washington Times

Assembly voting today on campus free speech, voucher school changes, election recounts, groundhogs and more

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Stories on each vote available at these links: campus free speech bill (Wisconsin Public Radio); voucher school background checks (AP News); limiting election recounts (AP News); allowing hunting of woodchucks (AP News); allowing chiropractors to perform sports exams (AP News); and relaxing the deer baiting/feeding ban in counties with CWD (AP News).