ERIC Number: ED462502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-14
Reference Count: N/A
A Painful Price: How the Milwaukee Voucher Surcharge Undercuts Wisconsin's Education Priorities.
Neas, Ralph G.; Pathak, Arohi; Holmes, Dwight; Mincberg, Elliot
This paper suggests that Wisconsin taxpayers are being overcharged to pay for Milwaukee's private school voucher program, noting that this hefty surcharge is being paid legally due to a fundamental flaw in the voucher law. This surcharge is unique in that the voucher program pays private schools more than the price of tuition. Many groups oppose the voucher program for a variety of reasons, including its diversion of public tax dollars away from public schools and its weakening of the fundamental constitutional principle of separation between church and state. The surcharge appears to be worsening the existing budget crisis in the Milwaukee Public Schools, seriously impeding the state's ability to fund necessary programs. Trends suggest that the surcharge is likely to rise. The paper outlines some specific examples of how resources now being diverted could be better spent on public education, examining alternative education funding, special education funding, and school construction and renovation. It concludes that due to the surcharge, nearly $28 million was used over 2 years to pay private and religious schools over and above what private citizens or foundations would pay for the same services, suggesting that there is no justification for such a surcharge. Tables are appended. (Contains 48 endnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Private Schools, School Choice, Tuition
For full text: http://www.pfaw.org/issues/education/reports/arizona/AZ_tax_credits.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: People for the American Way, Washington, DC.