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Jul
01
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The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) began in 1990 with seven schools and just over 300 students. Today, more than 20 years later, close to 26,000 students and 110 schools participate in the MPCP. As participation in the program has grown, the regulatory requirements on the program have also increased. A newly released report by the Friedman Foundation entitled, “Public Rules on Private Schools,” found that private schools in the MPCP are the most regulated in the country. In fact, according to the report, since the creation of the MPCP, the state legislature has added 55 private school regulations on top of the 31 statutory regulations that existed prior to the program’s creation. As a result, MPCP schools must meet more requirements and do more work compared to the 23 programs in 12 states that the report analyzed.
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Jun
05
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Parents are, in the natural order, the first educators of their children. In modern society, it is necessary for parents to delegate their duties after a certain number of years to professionals. However, there is another educational paradigm that sees the state as the educator of children. This idea is discordant with the natural rights of parents to educate their children. It is important that parents are able to delegate their educational duties to people who can reinforce what lessons the parents feel will be most useful for their child. Thus, it is imperative that parents, regardless of income or zip code, be allowed to choose what school will educate their child.
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May
20
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Despite what critics of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program may say, public, charter, and private schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) are required to meet accountability standards. While many of the accountability standards are the same across the educational sectors in Milwaukee, there are also differences based on whether the school is a traditional public, charter, or private school.
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Apr
10
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The Department of Public Instruction has released the latest snapshot of test score data for Wisconsin schools. Unfortunately, their press release does not match the raw data they released. You can find School Choice WI's analysis of the raw test score data here:
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Mar
10
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The Milwaukee and the Racine Parental Choice Programs have been given the ability to grow and serve low and middle class families under increased income eligibility. By raising the income eligibility for the WPCP to 300% of the federal poverty level the program would significantly expand the number of qualifying families statewide.
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Feb
24
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In contrast with the national trend Milwaukee area religious schools have seen an up tick in enrollment. The MPCP has provided an opportunity for area Catholic and Lutheran schools to bolster academic achievement, providing a robust and growing marketplace for education in Milwaukee.
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Feb
24
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Wisconsin is home to three parental choice voucher programs: The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, The Racine Parental Choice Program and the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.
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Feb
14
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Five Key Points
Fewer African American and Hispanic students graduate from Madison Metropolitan Area School District in four years compared to statewide...
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