ERIC Number: ED441902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Fiscal Impact of School Choice on the Milwaukee Public Schools. Current Education Issues.
Fuller, Howard L.; Mitchell, George A.
This paper uses Milwaukee Public School (MPS) data to describe trends in state aid and spending during the time that school choice has existed. The study uses data from MPS budget documents, focusing on changes in state aid to MPS and in overall MPS spending. These data refute claims that the financing of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), which is concluding its 9th year, has unfairly reduced support for MPS. From 1990-99, real MPS spending grew more than 3 times faster than enrollment; state aid to MPS grew nearly 7 times faster than enrollment; and MPS property taxes declined 33 percent. The financing of Milwaukee's choice program has always assumed that the state aid MPS receives for each student should become portable, and if a choice parent picks a non-MPS school, aid that would have gone to MPS should follow that student to the choice school. The overall impact of state policies, including transitional provisions regarding the impact of school choice, has cushioned MPS from any adverse impact. (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Parents, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Choice, State Aid
Institute for the Transformation of Learning, Office of Research, 2025 N. Summit Ave., Suite 101, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Tel: 414-765-0691; Fax: 414-765-1271.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Marquette Univ., Milwaukee, WI. Institute for the Transformation of Learning.