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Charter Schools May Get A Boost In Wisconsin

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 7:28 am

Independent charter schools could get a boost if a new bill ends up passing in Wisconsin. The bill would allow a charter school in any Wisconsin school district that had more than 2,000 total students. The bill was approved by the Legislature’s budget committee and now heads to the Legislature for debate..

Under current law, independent charter schools are only allowed in two districts statewide. The bill approved Wednesday by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee would create a new board that would approve independent charter schools without any approval by the local district.

About one-fourth of the state’s districts would qualify under the enrollment requirement.

The Associated Press reports that Democrats objected to the measure, saying it is being pushed by people who don’t like public schools and want to take power away from them to approve charter schools. But Republican backers say it’s an important reform that gives charter schools more autonomy and freedom.

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