Wisconsin Private Schools Sue in Effort to Compel Voucher Aid

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A group of private school advocates in Wisconsin has sued the state after officials refused to allow their schools to enter the state's voucher program.

The school organizers claim that Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers violated their due process rights by allowing a private entity, a center at Marquette University, to determine if the schools could enter the program, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Wisconsin's voucher plan, the oldest in the nation, is limited to Milwaukee. Under recently approved rules, state education officials work with the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, a think tank that is cited at Marquette, a Roman Catholic institution, to determine schools' eligibility.

The Institute's New Schools Advisory Board examines schools that want to enter the program and decides if they get in or not. The Institute is headed by Howard Fuller, a voucher advocate and former Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent.

Although Fuller had originally recommended limited regulation of the private schools in the voucher program, he has recently shifted and begun arguing for more government control. …