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Vote on Voucher School Plan, Funding Delayed

Associated Press

Vote on Voucher School Plan, Funding Delayed

CREATED May. 29, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's budget-writing committee has delayed taking action on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to expand the private school voucher program outside of Milwaukee and Racine.

The Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to vote on the plan Wednesday. But Walker and Republican leaders have not been able to reach a deal.

Joint Finance Committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren says they're closer than a week ago, but "We're not there yet." The committee also delayed voting on funding for public schools.

Walker's proposal would put vouchers in place in any district that has at least 4,000 students and two schools in the lowest two categories of the statewide report card. Nine districts across the state, including Madison and Green Bay, would qualify for next year under that criteria.