Republicans really love them some voucher schools.
In fact, they love vouchers schools so much they’ve increased voucher school spending seven times faster than public school spending since 2011.
Unfortunately, it’s clear a good amount of that extra Republican spending on voucher schools has gone to waste, as the Wisconsin State Journal is reporting nearly $139 million in taxpayer dollars have been sent to voucher schools that were subsequently barred from participating in the state’s voucher school program for an assortment of reasons.
Over the past 10 years, Wisconsin taxpayers have paid about $139 million to private schools that were subsequently barred from the state’s voucher system for failing to meet requirements related to finances, accreditation, student safety and auditing, a State Journal review has found.
More than two-thirds of the 50 schools terminated from the state’s voucher system since 2004 — all in Milwaukee — had stayed open for five years or less, according to the data provided by the state Department of Public Instruction. Eleven schools, paid a total of $4.1 million, were terminated from the voucher program after just one year.
In response to this scandal (and that’s really what this is), Democratic lawmakers have called for legislation that would hold voucher schools to many of the same standards required of public schools, including licensing for teachers, background checks for teachers and administrators, and comparable graduation requirements.