Assembly set to pass bill limiting voucher expansion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly plans to pass a bill Tuesday that would curtail further expansion of Wisconsin's school voucher program, fulfilling a promise made last year to close a loophole in the state budget.

The bill has previously cleared the Senate and is supported by Gov. Scott Walker.

Bill sponsor Rep. Robin Vos said Wednesday the bill should pass Tuesday.

The measure also has broad support from education groups, state Superintendent Tony Evers, and others who say it's needed to prevent vouchers being allowed anywhere beyond where they have already been approved.

Vouchers previously had been limited to Milwaukee city schools, but last year's budget allowed them to expand to Milwaukee County and Racine. Other cities, including Green Bay, were close to qualifying, which drove the push to close the loophole.