La Crosse area superintendents discuss funding going to school vouchers

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Public school superintendents from La Crosse, Holmen, Onalaska, West Salem and La Crescent joined an online panel Monday to discuss the challenges in education and how businesses can help.

During “The Forum,” hosted by the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, superintendents reported the money being shifted from their budgets to private schools through Wisconsin’s voucher program.

Onalaska Superintendent Todd Antony said $600,000 was spent last year in his district alone, and he says that amount  continues to grow.

“It is a concern that it is money from our taxpayers that’s collected and then going to the private schools, that is not going directly to the public school,” said Antony.

According to the superintendents, $450,000 from West Salem’s school district, $1.5 million from La Crosse’s district and $1.1 million from Holmen’s district goes towards vouchers.

La Crosse Superintendent Aaron Engel said 16% of students at Aquinas Catholic Schools students are on vouchers.

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