Cost & Fiscal Effect
The per-pupil taxpayer cost of independent charters and the MPCP is substantially less than that of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). In 2012-13, MPS per pupil taxpayer cost was $13,441, which is made up of state, local, and federal aid compared to $7,775 for independent charters and a maximum of $6,442 combined state and local aid for MPCP. The MPS per pupil taxpayer cost is calculated using information from the MPS budget. The MPCP per pupil funding is from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau Informational Paper on the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.
Students in the private school choice programs in Milwaukee and Racine is only about half of per pupil funding for students in public schools and far less than charter schools at $7,775. The funding also is below the actual cost per student in the program.
If Choice Ends
A LFB analysis shows that ending or curtailing the MPCP would cut school aid to 323 school districts outside Milwaukee. In 2009-2010 those districts received $74 million in state aid as a consequence of the MPCP. Click here for a district-by-district breakdown of the consequences of ending the MPCP.