Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

Program Information

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  • Program Type: Voucher Program, Means Tested

Student Participation

  • Family income cannot exceed 220% of the federal poverty guidelines ($54,120 for family of four in 2018), with an additional $7,000 allowed for households with married parents
  • Student must reside outside of the Milwaukee Public School District and the Racine Unified School District
  • Enrolled in public school the previous school year, entering school for the first time, or applying to attend kindergarten, 1st grade or 9th grade at a participating private school
  • Homeschooled students are also eligible – Starting in 2018-19 school year, students entering any grade are eligible if they were previously placed on a waiting list as a result of school district enrollment limits
  • Meet state nondiscrimination policies
  • Allow students to opt out of religious programs
  • Admit eligible students on a random basis
  • Administer to scholarship recipients the Wisconsin Forward exam for science in grades 4 and 8; social studies in grades 4, 8 and 10; and English language arts and math in grades 3-8
  • Administer to scholarship recipients in high school the ACT suite of assessments and a civics test composed of the same 100 questions that may be asked of an individual during the process of applying for U.S. citizenship by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Receive accreditation within three years of participating in the program
  • Submit to the state a financial audit conducted by a certified public accountant
  • Provide the state with evidence of sound fiscal practices and financial viability
  • Require school administrators to undergo financial training and to have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education or a Wisconsin teacher or administrator license
  • Require teachers to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education or a Wisconsin teacher license and teacher aides to have a high school diploma or a GED or an HSED
  • Provide the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction with information about the academic program at the participating school and student test score data
  • Meet all health and safety codes

Data Update

Scholarships Awarded
3,057
Schools Participating
154
2017-18 Expenditures
$33,957,000

Financial

Scholarship Cap
- $7,530 (for K–8)
- $8,176 (for 9–12)
- Each year, the scholarship cap will increase by a percentage equal to the percentage increase given to Wisconsin public schools
Enrollment Cap
- Each district’s enrollment will be capped at 1 percent of its public school district enrollment
Program Funding
$22.3 million