July 30, 2014

Ellis: Voucher accountability is coming

Now that it appears the school voucher program will expand to the entire state, a leader in the Majority Republicans says he wants to make sure there’s accountability. Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) says Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) will introduce a bill in the fall to deal with that issue.

“Those schools that are in the choice program will be measured and treated the same as public schools in terms of delivering the quality of education,” says Ellis who along with Olsen had been critical of school choice expansion.

The Legislature, last week, approved the state budget which includes voucher expansion with a cap on the number of students in the program. Governor Walker is expected to sign the budget in the coming days.

Ellis says the Senate will pass the accountability bill in the fall.

Mike Kemmeter – WHBY