An organization called School Funding Reform For Wisconsin has compiled a series of informative charts that summarize the financial impact of taxpayer-funded private school voucher programs on public school districts throughout the state. The charts are grouped by Senate district.
It is important to note, the organization says, that school boards are being placed in the difficult position of either:
- Losing this funding from their budgets permanently, resulting in loss of opportunities and programs for students, or
- Replacing lost aid by raising local property taxes.
In effect, it says, state legislators are forcing local taxpayers to pay for vouchers in their school districts.
A recent WEAC Research Brief concludes that there is little evidence to substantiate the expansion of private voucher schools on the grounds that they are intended to help student achievement:
“Research in Wisconsin and other states consistently shows little to no voucher school advantage, and in fact often documents significant ill-effects on students including: school closings, high rates of student attrition for lower-performing students, and decreased assessment scores in math and reading.”