Private, Public Schools React to Expanding Vouchers
Green Bay Area Public School leaders say the plan puts them in a negative light. While private school leaders argue it's about giving students more choices with their education. Video by nbc26.comvideo
GREEN BAY, Wis.--Both private and public school leaders in Green Bay are sounding off on Governor Scott Walker planning to expand his school voucher program.
The program would apply to districts with at least two schools getting a D or F on state report cards and must have at least 4,000 students.
Green Bay public schools meet that criteria, but the superintendent says the state's school rating system isn't accurate.
"Calling it failing or to take away valuable resources to support a program that does not have a track record of great success of every child is extremely concerning," Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld said.
Joe Bound, education director for the diocese of Green Bay, is ready to welcome new students.
"It has everything to do with families that want to send their son or daughter to a catholic school that might not otherwise be able to afford to do that," Bound said.
Green Bay's superintendent says her district got a 10-point deduction because not all students took the test. If they did, she says they would've received a higher grade.
Fond Du Lac and Sheboygan also qualify for school vouchers.