MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Association of School Boards held a news conference on Wednesday to formally oppose Governor Scott Walker's proposal to expand voucher schools as part of his 2014-15 budget.
Presidents from a number of school boards around the state voiced their concerns, saying it doesn't make sense to increase funding for schools with so few students and freeze funds for schools that educate the majority of Wisconsin's kids.
"I fear that the dramatic expansion of vouchers and independent charters are in the budget, instead of standing as separate legislation is precisely to provide legislative cover so that legislators don't really have to talk about them from a policy standpoint," said Susan Fox, President of the Monona Grove Board of Education.
The Governor's plan would increase voucher school funding by 73 percent, while expanding school choice to nine more districts including Madison and Beloit.
Senate Republicans have also voiced concerns over the expansion, vowing to make changes to it when they review the Governor's budget.
MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) will hold a news conference at Monona Terrace Wednesday afternoon to address Gov. Scott Walker's education proposals included in his 2013-15 state budget.
School board members will discuss how proposals like expansion of the state school voucher program and the creation of a state charter school authorizing board would affect their students and communities.
Speakers will include State Superintendent Tony Evers and Susan Fox, President of the Monona Grove School Board.
27 News will have a report on the news conference at 5 and 6.
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