DPI and the Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates that the average spend per public school student
is more than $10,000.15 Students receiving a voucher to attend a choice school for the 2018-19
school year only receive $7,747 for K-8 and $8,393 for high school.
Any reduction of the program would mean an increased burden on public schools and less per
pupil funding. Additionally, districts in the WPCP retain a portion of the funding for each child who leaves the public system.
In effect, districts still retain a portion of a child’s per-pupil funding, even though they don’t have to educate the
student and have more money per existing pupil than they did before.
In Wisconsin, the largest school choice program is public school open enrollment. More than 50,000 students attend a district that they do not reside in.