- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Legislature’s budget-writing committee has approved a Republican-backed plan that would place the worst-performing Milwaukee Public Schools under control of a commissioner appointed by the county executive who could convert them into private voucher schools or independent charter schools.

The Joint Finance Committee approved it early Wednesday morning along with a variety of education issues, including removing an enrollment cap on the private school voucher program.

Under the Milwaukee plan, the commissioner could control up to three schools in the first two years and up to five more in each year after that.

It would also create a parallel program for other districts.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says Madison and Racine meet two of the three criteria and could qualify later.

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