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GOP bill would allow for expansion of charter schools


MADISON (WKOW) -- A group of Republican lawmakers are backing a bill to allow for the expansion of more charter schools in Wisconsin.

Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) introduced AB 549 on Monday, which would allow more entities to establish independent charter schools.  Under current law, the only entities that may establish an independent charter school are UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, the Milwaukee Area Technical College district board and the City of Milwaukee. 

AB 549 would expand that right to include all four-year UW schools, all two-year UW schools, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA) and all technical college district boards.

The bill would also change current law by allowing students to attend any independent charter school, even those outside of their current school district.

The bill also creates a new process that allows for the establishment of additional charter schools by people who have a proven track record of success operating existing schools.  Those providers that meet certain criteria will automatically be able to establish up to two additional independent charter schools each year.



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