Cost & Fiscal Effect
The per-pupil cost of independent charters and the parental choice programs is substantially less than that of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS).
In 2013-14, MPS per pupil revenue was $14,147, which is made up of state, local, and federal aid. The state’s average per pupil revenue was $12,705. The 2014-15 data are not yet available.
All the parental choice programs in Wisconsin have the same voucher amount, which was $6,442 in 2013-14. In 2014-15 a bifurcated funding system was adopted to create different voucher amounts for grades K-8 and 9-12. The voucher for grades K-8 was $7,210 and for grades 9-12 was $7,856.
For this upcoming 2015-16 school year, the voucher will be $7,330 for grades K-8 and $7,976 for grades 9-12.
In 2013-14, 2R independent charters received $7,925 per pupil and in 2014-15, $8,075 per pupil. The 2015-16 payment amount will be $8,087.
The cost of an MPS education is almost double the cost of an MPCP voucher.
The cost of the RPCP and WPCP vouchers are about $5,000 less than the average state education cost.
2R vouchers are worth a little more than half the MPS per pupil revenue amount.
Simple math shows the cost-saving benefits of school choice in Wisconsin.
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.