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School Choice Demonstration Project

In February 2008, the School Choice Demonstration Project (SCDP) issued its first report on the fiscal impact of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) on taxpayers in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin. There are two reasons to update the 2008 report. First, the figures will naturally change with the continuing growth of the voucher program, along with changes in per pupil revenue allocations to Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and MPCP. So it is of interest to see how these developments play out on the net fiscal impact and its allocation among groups of taxpayers. To summarize the results of this update, readers will find that: (1) The net fiscal benefits of the MPCP have continued to grow, due to rising voucher enrollments, and also because of the widening gap between per pupil allocations to MPS and MPCP. For FY09, the researchers estimate the net fiscal benefit of the MPCP to be $37.2 million; (2) The net fiscal benefits continue to be very unevenly distributed, with an adverse impact on Milwaukee property taxpayers. The "funding flaw" persists, despite a recent legislative effort to address it. For Milwaukee property taxpayers, the adverse impact is estimated at $44.7 million for FY09, while other property taxpayers and state taxpayers benefit by $52.0 million and $30.0 million, respectively; (3) The alternative measure of the funding flaw that has led some to wonder if the flaw has ceased to exist is a misleading measure, due to a misunderstanding of how the funding formulas work. This report will try to explain the nature of that misunderstanding. It will also show that the recent policy change intended to address the flaw has only modestly mitigated the problem. (Contains 2 tables, 4 figures, and 12 footnotes.) [Funding for this paper was provided by the Kern Family Foundation, Robertson Foundation and Walton Family Foundation.]

Descriptors: Funding Formulas, School Choice, Demonstration Programs, Educational Vouchers, Cost Effectiveness, Economic Impact, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, Audits (Verification), Error of Measurement, Educational Change, Research Reports

School Choice Demonstration Project. Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas, 201 Graduate Education Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Tel: 479-575-3172; Fax: 479-575-3196; e-mail: edreform[at]; Web site:

Autor: Costrell, Robert M.


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