Republicans Push For ‘Universal School Choice’ Ahead Of Next Budget

  • In the days since the November election, Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has indicated he wants to see “universal school choice” become law in Wisconsin.
  • But what that means — and how it might happen — remains unclear less than a year after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a bill that would have dramatically expanded school choice, and less than a month after Evers won reelection.
  • Vos, whose GOP colleagues selected him to preside over a 64-35 Republican majority in the Assembly, has suggested he wants Evers to sign a “universal school choice” proposal as a condition of increasing public school funding in the next state budget.
  • Wisconsin is projected to begin the next two-year budget cycle with a record $6.6 billion in its general fund, and Evers has endorsed an education budget that would increase school funding by more than $2 billion.
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