Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Racine Showing Strong Support for Scholarship Program

In its first year, 228 students are participating in the Racine Parental Choice Program, which was created in 2011 in the Wisconsin state budget that also expanded the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.  As many as 500 students will be able to enroll in the program next year, and beginning in 2013-14, the enrollment cap will be removed.

The Journal Times reports that already 470 students have applied for vouchers for the next school year, leaving only 30 coveted scholarship slots still available, according the state Department of Public Instruction.   

Enrollment for the program is open from May 1-7.  Families can apply for the program by contacting and applying to one of the 12 participating schools.

Students must live in the Racine Unified School District and have a family income below 300 percent of the federal poverty guideline to participate in the program.  Priority is given to students who qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program.

If more than 500 students apply for the program, the lottery system will determine scholarships awards.

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MSG

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