A recent poll shows Wisconsin voters would like to see an
expansion of the state's private school scholarship program, which
is currently limited to cities.
Public Opinion Strategies' new survey [PDF] of 500 likely voters shows
that 61 percent favor expanding school-choice programs. They also
favor strong education reform measures for the state's more than
400 public schools.
Julaine Appling of the Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) is not surprised
by the results.
"Wisconsin has been in the forefront and leading on the
school-choice issue for literally decades now," she notes, "and our
people recognize the value of educational options being available
to more people than just in Milwaukee and Racine."
However, she expects the Wisconsin Education Association Council
(WEAC) will certainly oppose any expansion.
"Well, the unions and WEAC in particular have for all the years
we've had school choice … been ardent opponents of school choice,"
Appling accounts. "And certainly they will weigh in on it. However,
I don't think that they'll carry the day."
The WFC spokesperson explains that both houses of the
legislature are controlled by conservatives, so she anticipates
some increased opportunities for school choice in the near