GREEN BAY - The Green Bay School District offered residents a chance to give their opinions on the proposed school voucher expansion Monday night.
In a letter sent out last week, the district said the expansion of vouchers could be "devastating".
And it seems some area residents felt the same way.
"This is not a fair system. In a time we have a very limited budget, why are we setting up two different systems?" asked Kim Plaunt, who opposes vouchers.
"I believe that public schools are the foundation of our county's greatness. I also believe in local control. I'm concerned expanding the school voucher program will cause severely damage our public schools," said Washington Middle School teacher Bryan Milz.
It was standing room only at Monday night's board meeting.
According to the board, the plan could cost the district and tax payers millions. Board members say they are also concerned the budget proposal does not allow school districts to spend any more money than in the current budget.
"The picture is, you know, less and less money for public education more for the voucher schools and our concern is the gradual de-funding of public education and we as a board we feel very strongly that our role, our job, what we were elected to do was to make sure we had a vibrant, successful public education system and the budget is not going to help us do that," explained school board president Brenda Warren.
However, those who support vouchers disagree with the numbers.
"We support giving parents the opportunity to find the perfect match for the uniqueness of their child, with the right to educational opportunity," explained School Choice Wisconsin president Jim Bender.
And while the majority of those who spoke Monday night were against school vouchers, a few did voice support.
"School choice is the only logical solution to help our children, our future, have a better shot at life," said Joel Diny during Monday night's meeting. "After all, it's for the sake of the children."
The school board is also asking legislators to take up the voucher expansion as separate legislation, outside of the budget.
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