MADISON (AP) - Governor Scott Walker is seeing opposition within his own party to his private school voucher plan.
Several Republican State Senators say they are either against the proposal or want it taken up separately from the budget.
Republican State Senate President Michael Ellis says at least 10 of 18 Senate Republicans have an issue with Governor Walker's private school voucher plans.
"What we have before us today needs a complete redo, not a slight remodeling, a complete redo," said Ellis, who is from Neenah.
The governor's proposal would expand vouchers to nine districts next year, including Green Bay, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac. Those districts fall under Governor Walker's proposed criteria of serving at least four thousand students and having at least two schools receiving a D or F on new state report cards. The plans also call for vouchers for special needs students to attend private schools.
"This could lead to a property tax hike, a significant one, statewide, if the plan as proposed by the Governor becomes law," said Ellis.
The governor's office issued a statement reading, "Governor Walker looks forward to working with the Legislature to ensure students in every zip code have access to a great education."
"It is a very important part of moving the state forward is trying to increase outcomes and right now in Green Bay 35% of low income kids don't graduate from high school," said John Gard, a lobbyist for school vouchers. "That is just unacceptable and it takes courage to change that."
Green Bay School District officials are encouraged to hear Governor Walker's current plan likely won't pass.
"I don't think it's been given enough of a hearing by people that are going to be impacted by that, namely the communities with the public schools in them," said Brenda Warren, the president of the Green Bay Area Board of Education.
Ellis says its too early to tell if a compromise can be reached to keep vouchers in the budget or taken up as separate legislation.
Republicans hold an 18 to 15 majority in the State Senate.
Democrats remain unified against Governor Walker's voucher plan.
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