Gov. Scott Walker will be the keynote speaker at the American Federation for Children's national policy summit on May 18 in New Orleans, according to a news release. 

In the release, the voucher school lobbying organization hailed Walker's efforts to expand the state's number of taxpayer-funded vouchers for Wisconsin, which has the longest running voucher program in the country.

“Gov. Scott Walker is a tremendous leader who has been a relentless advocate for educational choice,” said Betsy DeVos, chairwoman of the AFC, in the release. 

Walker has proposed lifting the cap on the number of students and schools allowed to participate in the statewide voucher program, and also overhauling how each voucher is funded. 

Wisconsin currently has voucher programs in Milwaukee, Racine and statewide for students who have families that meet income restrictions.

Since the statewide program began two years ago, a majority of the students in the statewide program had already been enrolled in private schools before receiving vouchers, a figure highlighted often by critics of the program. 

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Molly Beck covers politics and state government for the Wisconsin State Journal.