State Audit Confirms Milwaukee Voucher Schools Score No Better

The Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau has released a report confirming what a group of privately funded researchers found last year: students in Milwaukee using vouchers to attend private and religious schools perform no better on standardized tests than their counterparts in public schools.

For the more than 21,000 students using public tax dollars to attend private institutions in Milwaukee, the study shows no statistically significant academic improvement. This comes at a time when Governor Scott Walker recently signed a state budget repealing the enrollment limit for the program and expanding it to include Milwaukee suburbs and the city of Racine as well. A spokesperson for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards argues that the state spending such a large amount of money on private and religious schools “without any evidence of improvement is harming all the public schools in Wisconsin.” The state superintendent, Tony Evers, agrees that legislators should be focused on directing money toward improving public education for all students.