Thursday, April 4, 2013
The expansion of the school voucher program next year brought out several school administrators—from private and public. But some parents want to see the special education scholarship program pulled from the budget.
A number of people spoke about the school voucher program at the Joint Finance Committee hearing on the state budget held Thursday at Greendale High School. The hearing was the first of four being held around the state to give residents the chance to have their say on Gov. Scott Walker’s 2013-15 budget. After the hearings, the committee will vote on any changes before sending their version on to the Assembly and Senate. One private school official asked for more money from the state while a public school board member called for stiffer regulations for private schools and more funding for public schools. And, one parent called on Legislators to increase funding for special education for public schools and to pull out a provision in the …
Friday, April 27, 2012
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced today that it would extend open enrollment for voucher schools until May 7 because there are still 30 slots available.
With 30 slots still available for the 2012-2013 school year in the Racine voucher program, open enrollment has been extended until May 7, according to the Department of Public Instruction. According to a document on the DPI website, only participating schools can take advantage of the extension. "Due to the statutory student limit of 500 students, participating schools will only be able to receive additional student applications from May 1 – May 7, 2012," the introduction reads. If more than 30 students apply, students will be chosen at random, with preference given to those who participated in the 2011-2012 school year. There are 12 area schools accepting the vouchers. State Sen. Van Wanggaard supports school choice, and he issued a …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The school voucher program has a limit of 500 vouchers, but there are still a few left. Here's what you need to know and where you can find out more information.
If you are interested in taking advantage of the voucher program, there are still vouchers left, according to a story in the Journal Times. Of the 500 offered for the 2012-13 school year, there are 30 left, the Department of Public Instruction reported. According to the story: Because the 500 FTE limit was not met, the department announced Monday that participating private schools can accept more voucher student applications from May 1 to 7. If a school receives more applications than there are spaces available at that school in a grade level, the school must conduct a random selection by May 9. Schools must notify DPI of their accepted students by May 18, according to DPI. Here are few of the ins and outs of the program. Who is eligible …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Private schools participating in the voucher program now need more minutes in their school day. To accommodate transportation changes, several Racine Unified Schools will have different start/end times.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Some of the non-public schools' start and end times are being changed for the 2012-2013 school year and to accomodate the bus schedules several Racine Unified School schedules needed to be changed. Patrick Starken, supervisor of transportation, explained to the Racine Unified School Board that as vouchers became available last fall, many non-public schools that participated in the voucher program needed additional minutes in their school day. Not having time to adjust for the current school year, a meeting was set up with the non-public school principals in October to discuss start/end time changes. Most RUSD middle school times will be changed to 10 minutes later, allowing the District to better utilize the city bus for the middle schools…
Monday, February 13, 2012
The school voucher program in Milwaukee and Racine ballooned from 2,200 to 23,200, according to a report by the Public Policy Forum. The report said the state paid out money to schools whose students already attended the school they were going to.
A report by the Public Policy Forum found that Milwaukee Catholic and Lutheran schools outperformed all of the other private schools, but voucher students didn't fare any better than their MPS peers on standarized test scores. These are just some of the findings in the report, which focused on enrollment trends, standardized test results, and school information. Enrollment swelled in the Milwaukee and Racine choice programs from 2,200 to 23,200 students. However, the report pointed out that some school choice students had already attended private schools prior to receiving the vouchers, which allows $6,442 of taxpayer dollars to be used on private school tuition. Gov. Scott Walker expanded the program in his biennial budget last year. This…
Sunday, January 15, 2012
An informational meeting is set for this Tuesday. We've also included an important link to the Wisconsin DPI website so you can learn more about the program.
Families interested in sending their children to a private school using a school choice vouchers will be able to apply for them on Feb. 1. The applications will be open initially to families whose income is 300 percent or less of the federal poverty level. For more information about eligibility requirements, click here. An informational meeting will be held for parents interested in getting a state voucher for the 2012-13 school year at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 2012 at the Dekoven Center, 600 21st St., in Racine. For more information, please call Laura Sumner Coon at (262) 498-9425. Here's a list of schools planning to participate in the program: John Paul II Academy 2023 Northwestern Avenue Racine, WI 53403 Administrator: Pierre Antoine (262…
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The first day of school for these kids will be at a private school.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Racine Unified's tax levy increased 5.78 percent.
What is a tax levy? The amount of money property owners pay collectively to the taxing entity, in this case the Racine Unified School District. How much is the tax levy? The district will levy $83,104,000, if the proposed budget is passed. How much did it increase? The levy is estimated to increase $4,544,239, an increase of 5.78 percent over last year. What is the difference between the levy and the tax rate? Levies are the total amount collected from the entire district while the rate is the levy spread out over all the taxpayers. What’s the increase being spent on? 53 percent is allowed by the state as part of the revenue cap formula, which allows the district to replace cuts in state General Aid and High Poverty Aid with a tax levy. 19…
RUSD predicts 160 fewer students this year
There will be fewer kids attending Racine Unified School District this fall, and that will have a big impact on the $260 million budget, which will be among several budget items discussed at a meeting on Monday night. As the budget points out, before the district figures out anything, they have to figure out the number of kids who will be attending this year. For each child the district teaches, the state gives the school district $9,799. Total overall enrollment at RUSD schools in the 2011-2012 school year is expected to be 21,517, a decline of 160 from the previous year. That's partly due to the state's new voucher program, which allows for 250 RUSD students to attend private schools using public funds. The district anticipates that …
Saturday, July 30, 2011
List of private school offerings
Here is a list a reference to all the private schools in the area. It will hopefully provide parents and newcomers to the community not only a directory of names but a little bit of the schools offerings. Some of the schools are still undecided about the vouchers but we will update the information as the information comes in as some schools are holding several meetings before the deadline of August 1st. Saint Rita’s Catholic School Address: 4433 Douglas Avenue, Racine, WI 53402-2708 Phone number: (262) 639-3333 Website: www.st-ritas.org Tuition: $2,000-$3,000 Grades taught: K-8 Religious affiliation: Catholic Religious requirements: None; Members of the Church receive lower tuition. Are they accepting voucher students? No Contact person…