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Private schools apply to be in Wisconsin voucher program

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Owners of two private schools that were previously kicked out of Wisconsin's voucher program have applied again to participate this fall.

The new Learning Enterprise School in Milwaukee is run by Henry Tyler -- who spent a year-and-a-half in a federal prison for convictions of money laundering and mail fraud. The Journal Sentinel said Tyler ran a previous school that accepted state-funded vouchers for low income kids -- and it closed in 2006 due to financial insolvency.

Meanwhile, the Brenda Noach Choice School in Milwaukee seeks to re-enter the voucher program this fall after being rejected last year due to a lack of accreditation.

The state has received applications from 125 schools to be in Milwaukee's voucher program, plus 15 schools in the Racine area and almost 70 in other Wisconsin locations. The private schools must meet other requirements by August 1st in order to be chosen as final participants for this fall.

Meanwhile, the state Assembly on Tuesday is expected to vote on a bill requiring sanctions for voucher schools that don't have adequate student performance.

The Senate approved a watered-down version of that bill earlier -- and it's possible that the two houses will not agree on accountability standards before the two-year session ends early next month.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)