In June 2011 the Wisconsin legislature and governor passed the 2011-2013 state budget that included a provision removing the enrollment cap on the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.
The 2011-13 biennial budget also expanded the parental choice program to Racine. The first year of the program enrollment was capped at 250 students. In the second year of the program enrollment was capped at 500 students. In 2013-14 the enrollment cap will be eliminated.
Previous Enrollment Cap
On March 10, 2006, Governor Jim Doyle signed SB 618 lifting the enrollment cap to 22,500 students. The MPCP was previously capped at 15% of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) enrollment.
This action prevented a rationing crisis.
Events leading up to the compromise
In October 2005, DPI announced that the MPCP enrollment cap had been reached. Proposed rules to implement a rationing plan for seats in the MPCP were defeated after several choice school administrators argued that no rationing plan could work. In 2003, Governor Jim Doyle vetoed measures to eliminate the enrollment cap. See 2003-04 LEGISLATIVE SESSION. Governor Doyle vetoed a one-year reprieve on the enrollment cap in 2005.