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Robocalls made to inform public about school vouchers


Eau Claire (WQOW) - An aggressive campaign is underway to get the word out about the expanded voucher program.  The turnaround for parents and schools is very quick.

On Wednesday, the state released a list of 48 private schools registered to be part of the voucher program.  On the list are three local schools:  St. Paul's in Bloomer, Chippewa Falls McDonell and Regis Catholic Schools.

The program uses taxpayer money to pay for students to go to a private school.  The maximum is about $6,400 per student.  To be eligible, family income must be at or below 185% of the federal poverty level.  For a family of four, that's about $51,000.   Families have from Thursday through Augusta 9th to apply for the upcoming school year.  A representative from McDonell says they've been taking calls about the program all week.

No more than 500 students can be in the program this fall and only the 25 schools with the most applications can participate.

There is a strong push to inform the public.  An Eau Claire woman told WQOW News 18 that she received a robocall about the voucher program on Wednesday.  The vice president of School Choice Wisconsin says calls and postcards are part of the outreach efforts of the American Federation for Children.  It's an organization, based in Washington, D.C., that promotes school choice.

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