By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — The crash this week of the state Department of Public Instruction’s Private School Choice application webpage underscored the popularity of Wisconsin’s Parental Choice Program — and parents’ growing dissatisfaction with public schools.
But the “disruption” speaks to the broader problem of an agency and a governor committed to checking the growth of school choice, if not exterminating it. And that’s why a new legislative package of bills dramatically expanding the state’s storied voucher system is so important, school choice advocates say.
“Due to high volume, the system is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later today or the next business day,” DPI advised on the page Tuesday, in what was supposed to be the first day of the short window in which DPI accepts enrollment applications into state-funded voucher schools.