$3.2 million of Wisconsin taxpayer money to subsidize religious K-12 this year

Photo credit: Charles Clegg

And it more than doubles next year:

“The statewide voucher program cost about $3.2 million this school year and that will grow to about $7.3 million next year.”

That info. comes to us from AP by way of the Wisconsin Soapbox blog.

In that blog post we also learn that 75% of the eligible applicants for that money were already in private school.

So the word “subsidize” is indeed applicable here.

The word “religious” is also absolutely appropriate – just scan the list at the bottom of this post. Notice that we can almost call this a “Catholic subsidy”.

A cursory review of the list of new voucher-funded schools shows that 17 of the 31 private schools are Catholic.

Did you already know that the oligarchs in this banana republic wear priestly vestments?

You do now.

I will direct the reader to Let’s Watch Fond du Lac’s New Voucher System & The Results for more on this development.

The 31 private schools or school systems, and number of applicants, admitted into the voucher program announced Tuesday by the state Department of Public Instruction:

Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School System, Appleton: 191
Newman Catholic Schools, Wausau and Rothschild: 112
Regis Catholic Schools, Eau Claire and Altoona: 111
Twin City Catholic Educational System, Menasha and Neenah: 110
Rock County Christian School, Beloit and Janesville: 100
Valley Christian School, Oshkosh: 100
Fox Valley Lutheran High School, Appleton: 99
Lourdes Academy, Oshkosh: 96
Green Bay Area Catholic Education-East: 96
Assumption Catholic Schools, Wisconsin Rapids: 92
Friedens Lutheran School, Kenosha: 90
Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools: 89
Columbus Catholic Schools, Marshfield: 89
Aquinas Catholic Schools, La Crosse and Onalaska: 85
Saint Mary’s Springs Academy, Fond du Lac: 80
Saint Joseph Catholic Academy, Kenosha: 75
Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, Green Bay: 75
McDonell Area Catholic Schools, Chippewa Falls: 74
Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac: 74
Saint Francis of Assisi School, Manitowoc: 73
St. Paul Lutheran School, Sheboygan: 69
Trinity Lutheran School, Sheboygan: 65
Immanuel Lutheran School-Wisconsin Rapids: 63
St. Paul Lutheran School, Bonduel: 62
Roncalli High School, Manitowoc: 57
Sheboygan Christian School: 57
Five schools that participated in the voucher program this year did not have enough eligible applicants to receive additional slots next year. However, they will keep the 55 voucher slots they got last year. Those schools are:
Green Bay Area Catholic Education-South
Green Bay Area Catholic Education-West
Saint John Lutheran School, Plymouth
Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School
Lighthouse Christian School, Madison


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