Another day, another story of a taxpayer-funded voucher school closing its doors in the middle of a school year.
And now Travis Technology High School on Milwaukee’s north side has closed, forcing about 200 teenagers, almost all of whom attended on a taxpayer-paid voucher, to find different schools to attend when winter break ends.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on Dec. 22 barred the high school from participating in the Milwaukee voucher program because it failed to obtain a special bond this month that was part of an agreement the school’s operators signed with the state in October.
On Monday, a receptionist at Travis Tech confirmed the school was no longer operating.
Travis Tech, 8350 N. Steven Road, had 179 children enrolled as of fall 2014, according to state enrollment figures. The high school is one of two voucher schools run by Ceria M. Travis Academy Inc. The other is Ceria M. Travis Academy, 4744 N. 39th St., a much larger school with 437 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, according to state enrollment figures.
You may remember that just two weeks ago a report surfaced that only 2% of its students at the two voucher schools run by Ceria M. Travis Academy Inc. read at grade level after $4.6 million in taxpayer dollars were siphoned to the schools, and now it looks like taxpayers and students are left “holding the bag” after Travis Tech’s unannounced mid-school year closing.