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Governor backs off on "city-specific" school voucher expansion

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he is no longer committed to making sure certain cities are part of a school choice expansion.

The Governor originally laid out a plan in his budget proposal to expand vouchers to school districts of more than 4,000 students that had two more schools that were either failing to meet state expectations or meeting few state expectations.  That would have included nine school districts including Madison, Beloit and Green Bay.

But several Republican state senators oppose the expansion on those grounds and now Gov. Walker says he is more flexible on how school choice expands.

"I'm less concerned about specific communities as I am about providing more choices for parents in this state.  So, I think in the end the version we're likely to have isn't one that's city specific, but one that across the state is more likely to offer that choice and that option," said Gov. Walker at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Governor Walker says he is hopeful that an agreement on both school choice and per pupil spending for public schools will be in place by the end of the week.

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