Local school wants to join new state voucher program

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Frank Schultz
Monday, July 15, 2013

BELOIT--Rock County Christian School could become the first school in this area to join the new statewide vouchers program, which helps parents pay for the cost of private schools.

The school sent a news release Sunday announcing an informational meeting for families of students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the middle school/high school campus at 916 Bushnell St., Beloit.

Rock County Christian also has an elementary school campus near the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport near Janesville.

“School vouchers have been signed into law and will be available for all eligible Wisconsin families. Rock County Christian School is preparing to become part of the Choice Program and offer vouchers to area families in early August,” according to the news release received Sunday.

Officials could not be reached for comment Sunday.

The recently-approved state budget included the statewide vouchers program, similar to programs in Milwaukee and Racine. Only 500 students will receive vouchers in the coming school year. The program expands to 1,000 students in 2014-15.

The 25 private schools with the most applications from qualifying students will be allowed to participate in the first year of the statewide program, according to news reports. Each of the schools will receive a minimum of 10 vouchers. The remaining 250 vouchers will be allotted to the same schools with a lottery.

To qualify, children must come from families that make no more than 185 percent of the federal poverty limit, or no more than $43,752 for a family of four.

The state Department of Public Instruction requires schools that want to participate to apply by July 26. If approved, the schools could accept applications from families Aug. 1-9.

For more information, contact Rock County Christian at 608-365-7378.

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