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February 19, 2013

Wisconsin Governor Walker's education reforms include voucher expansion and more

Matthew DeFour

Walker's reform proposals include:
  • Expanding private school vouchers to school districts with at least 4,000 students and at least two schools receiving school report card grades of "fails to meet expectations" or "meets few expectations." The expansion, which would include Madison schools, would be capped at 500 students statewide next year and 1,000 students the following year.
  • Creating a statewide charter school oversight board, which would approve local nonreligious, nonprofit organizations to create and oversee independent charter schools. Only students from districts that qualify for vouchers could attend the charter schools. Authorizers would have to provide annual performance reports about the schools.
  • Expanding the Youth Options program, which allows public school students to access courses offered by other public schools, virtual schools, the UW System, technical colleges and other organizations approved by the Department of Public Instruction.
  • Granting special education students a private school voucher.
  • Eliminating grade and residency restrictions for home-schooled students who take some courses in a public school district. School districts would receive additional state funding for home-schooled students who access public school courses or attend virtual schools.
Additionally, Walker's spokesman confirmed plans to make no additional funding available for public schools in the budget he plans to propose Wednesday.
Related links:Finally, perhaps everyone might focus on the big goals: world class schools.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at February 19, 2013 3:06 AM
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