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Slight decline in use of private school tuition vouchers in 2010-2011

For the first time since its 1998 expansion to include religious schools, enrollment in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) did not grow in the 2010-2011 school year. Currently, 20,996 private school students receive taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers (of $6,442 per pupil), a decrease of 66 students over last year. The data suggest the slight decline in voucher use is related to a decline in the number of MPCP schools. In fact, 103 schools participate in the program this year, compared to a high of 128 schools in the 2005-2006 school year. The decline in schools results from fewer new schools joining the program, as well as a significant number of schools leaving the program or closing altogether. Over the past decade, an average of 10 new schools joined the program each year, compared to four new schools in 2010-2011.

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