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ERIC Number: ED504500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Who's Putting Pressure on Voucher Enrollment Cap? Research Brief. Volume 93, Number 1
Public Policy Forum
This year continues a 14-year trend of growth in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP). More students than ever before are attending the city's private schools using taxpayer-funded vouchers. In addition, more private schools participate than ever before, including a significant number of schools new to the program. This growth has put pressure on the program's statutory enrollment cap, set at 15% of enrollment in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Because of recent declines in MPS enrollment and increasing numbers of voucher students, the voucher program is expected to reach the current enrollment cap in the 2005-2006 school year. As state lawmakers debate the merits of lifting the cap, an analysis of the program's recent enrollment growth reveals that most of the growth is due to fast growth of relatively few schools, and the increasing number of start-up schools. Should the cap be lifted, more secular, new schools are anticipated, as well as concentrated enrollment in certain schools. (Contains 8 charts and 2 tables.) [This report was underwritten by the Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Forum
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin