School Vouchers Dominate Budget Hearing
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GREEN BAY-- Monday, state lawmakers heard from the public regarding the governor’s proposed 2-year budget in Green Bay.
Hundreds packed a meeting room at Lambeau Field for the Joint Finance Committee's hearing.
Expanding school vouchers dominated the conversation, as supporters and opponents spoke about the impact vouchers could have.
"I would say the best thing to do for public education is let those parents have that freedom of choice," said Edward Perkins of Appleton, an advocate for school choice.
But not everyone agrees.
"To open up a voucher program would be destructive in many different ways," said Judy Crain, a former Green Bay school board president who opposes the voucher program.
The governor wants to expand the state's private school voucher program into nine additional school districts, including Green Bay, Fond du Lac and Sheboygan. The governor says he does not expect his entire budget to pass without being tweaked, but he is confident some form of the voucher expansion program will pass.