MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new audit shows a state program that provides scholarships to private school students cost public schools $4.1 million over the last two years.

The Legislative Audit Bureau released a report Friday showing 306 students participated in the program during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 school year.

The 26 participating private schools received $5.6 million in scholarships over those years. The 25 public school districts where the scholarship students resided received $4.1 million less in state aid over those years because of the program.

The audit also found about three-quarters of participating students lived within the Milwaukee school district’s boundaries. About a fourth of the students who participated at some point during the 2016-17 or 2017-18 school years had attended a public school in the year prior to participating.

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One reply on “Audit: Scholarship program cost public schools $4.1 million”

  1. “The 26 participating private schools received $5.6 million in scholarships over those years. The 25 public school districts where the scholarship students resided received $4.1 million less in state aid over those years because of the program.”

    Coupled with the billions of dollars in funding cuts for public education… our public educations has been underfunded and has faced more cuts in staff, services, and course offerings… this is too common nationally and if we value our students, value their future and our future, we will again fund the public system and then look at private schools…

    When I attended private school and taught in private school, the parents and churches funded the education separately from public education…

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