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Each year, money comes out of the statewide educational funding pool to go to voucher schools.
The district functions as a conduit whereby DPI subtracts voucher aid form the public school and send the money directly to private schools based on the enrolled number of voucher students. Aid varies, but the amount always exceeds the public-school amount. Dispersal is typically three to five times the public school per pupil amount.

Currently, only the public-school levy is reported on tax bills without distinction of the proportion allocated to subsidize private schools. Some distrcits are individual passing resolutions to deman the public release of the information (Janesville, Rhinelander, Green Bay, Stevens Point).

In addition to asking individual school boards to pass resolutions, members at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) conventions were asked to support a resolution to call for local tax bills to report the amount of funds diverted from public schools to subsidize private education.

Encouraging school board representatives to pass resolutions to support voucher transparency can make these public-to-private transactions accountable to taxpayers. Senate Bill 183 and Assembly Bill 267 can help too.

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