You can read a little about that HERE and HERE.
But today, the FDL Reporter decided to really put out there information about what vouchers really mean to the private religious schools that receive them - A giant freaking check.
A total of 57 students attend school this year in Fond du Lac through Wisconsin's Parental Choice Program.
Winnebago Lutheran Academy — a parochial high school in Fond du Lac — is a newcomer to the program with 12 private school voucher students attending classes.There is one additional small private religious high school in Fond du Lac. However, between the Fond du Lac School District's large 2,000+ student high school, St. Mary's Springs, and Winnebago Lutheran Academy, you have the vast majority of students who are from Fond du Lac and attending high school.
St. Mary's Springs Academy, Fond du Lac's Catholic parochial school system, has 45 voucher students enrolled for the 2014-15 school year. This is the system's second year of participation.
Cost of tuition at WLA is $5,225 per year. The cost to educate a student is $7,350, offset by funds donated through the Association of Congregations (41 congregations) that support the school, said Principal Dave Schroeder.
That's not chump change.
All of the voucher freshmen were new students to WLA, the rest were existing students. Total enrollment is 331 students.
"We were guaranteed 10 students, so anything more than that is a bonus for us," Schroeder said.Cha-Ching! Cha-Ching! Cha-Ching!
At Springs, 20 choice students were rolled forward from last year, said President Kevin Shaw.
"This year we received 25 additional students, including seven new SMSA students," he said. "Each year we qualified for 10 students but then received more students in the second draw."So, they in effect just admitted that they only received seven new students out of 25 who are new voucher students. That means 18 students at Springs were already there but now are having the state bankroll the instead of them paying tuition or Springs providing them scholarships.
Tuition to attend St. Mary's Springs Academy High School is $5,735.And they don't provide any information based on what the church provides to the school to help educate students. (In a posting I did a while ago, I noted how the Fond du Lac School District is required to provide them someone on the taxpayer rolls for assisting Special Education students.)
So, when you take $7,856-$5,735=$2121 that Springs makes every year accepting voucher students.
Oh, and I'm sure that many of those who received a voucher are now not accepting a Springs scholarship, meaning that there's even more money being saved.
WLA received 74 applications and SMSA had 80 applicants for the program. Students participating in the program were chosen randomly through a state lottery.I'm going to bet the severely Cognitively Disabled students or those who need such extreme special education services were not part of those applications...
Statewide there are 1,013 students receiving vouchers. Of the 538 new students, 101 were previously attending a public school. There were 39 voucher students from last year that chose not to participate again.
State law provides each eligible private school participating in WPCP with a voucher payment of $7,210 for students in Grades K4 through 8, or $7,856 per student in Grades 9-12. The funds are generated from public tax dollars.
There are 31 private schools or school systems in the state participating in the program. State law limits enrollment to 1,000 students, up 500 from last year.There is great reason to elect Mary Burke... Keep you public tax dollars under your own supervision of your locally elected school board. Avoid the money-profiting that these private schools now have with vouchers.