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Local Democrats want voucher accountability

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW) - La Crosse's State Senator is one of the Democrat voices calling for more accountability to the newly extended voucher program.

With GOP control of the Assembly and Senate, the controversial program was approved earlier this month. It offers taxpayer dollars to pay for private school tuition. 25 schools will receive funding. Aquinas Schools in La Crosse is one of the ones accepted into the program.

Democratic leaders want to hold them to the same standard as public schools by requiring that teachers be licensed and that background checks be conducted.

State Senator Jennifer Shilling says, "if these voucher schools are wanting to accept taxpayer money I think it's realistic that they need to meet those same expectations that our public schools are meeting and I think that is reasonable."

She continued, "The expectations that the teachers should be licensed, that background checks should be conducted, the voucher program and those schools are now receiving tax payer dollars, so they should meet those same requirements and standards because our public schools are expected to meet because they are receiving tax payer dollars as well."

Currently the only requirement voucher schools need to meet is participating in the state report card system.

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