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Shuttered private school cost taxpayers millions

By Jonah Kaplan. CREATED Jan 16, 2014

MILWAUKEE -- A private school in Milwaukee has shut down, but not before collecting two million dollars of tax payer dollars.

Lifeskills Academy, a small kindergarten through eighth grade school, joined the state's voucher program five years ago and collected more than two million dollars in public payments.

Money well spent? Last year, state records show only one student scored proficient in reading.

With the school closing, the state won't send any more money, but because the school closed mid-school year, the state can't recoup what it already gave out.

And according to the Journal Sentinel, the people who ran the school have skipped town to a gated community in Florida.

Jonah Kaplan

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Originally from Philadelphia, Jonah Kaplan loves the culture, character and pride of Milwaukee. He's won top awards for his reporting of breaking news and severe weather.