Newsmakers: Beloit Vouchers
Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to expand the voucher program, which allows children to attend private schools at state expense, to nine more cities is one of the biggest fights between Republicans who control the Legislature. The issue is also being hotly debated in those nine communities — as a WisconsinEye Newsmakers show taped in Beloit on April 29 proved. Panelists who oppose the governor’s plan were Steve McNeal, superintendent of Beloit’s public schools, and Democratic Sen. Tim Cullen, whose Senate district includes Beloit and Janesville. Supporting the governor’s plan to give parents and children one more educational option were Bob Cerniglia, the middle and high school principle of Rock County Christian School, and Tim Befus, administrator of Rock County Christian School. If the governor’s plan becomes law, Rock County Christian expects between 20 and 30 students to transfer to it.