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Will Gov. Evers’ budget proposal trigger contentious budget battle with lawmakers?

Governor Tony Evers has been previewing major portions of his 2019-21 state budget proposal ahead of its full release this evening. Here’s what we know about some of the provisions to be included in Gov. Evers’ plan that will affect children and youth and state finances generally:

Gov. Evers is expected to propose: Continue reading Will Gov. Evers’ budget proposal trigger contentious budget battle with lawmakers?

Wisconsin Is One of Nine States to Receive New Federal Charter School Grants

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education awarded approximately $253 million in new federal grants to fund the creation and expansion of public charter schools across the nation.  The grants were awarded to state educational agencies and other state entities, charter management organizations (CMOs) and other non-profit organizations across the country. Continue reading Wisconsin Is One of Nine States to Receive New Federal Charter School Grants

Gov. Walker Agrees to K-12 Vetoes; WASB Submits Veto Requests

In order to secure votes from Senate GOP holdouts for the state budget, Gov. Walker agreed to several vetoes, including the following related to K-12 education:

  • Energy Efficiency Revenue Limit Exemption

Governor Walker originally proposed eliminating this exemption and the Legislature restored the program, albeit with a year-long moratorium preventing any projects for 2018. The Governor agreed to use his partial veto to alter the moratorium language.  It doesn’t appear he can repeal the language creating this exemption by using his partial veto pen.  However, it does appear he can creatively veto the moratorium provision in a way that would likely prevent districts that haven’t already adopted resolutions from being able to utilize this exemption for a very long time into the future. Continue reading Gov. Walker Agrees to K-12 Vetoes; WASB Submits Veto Requests

JFC Budget Would Broadly Expand Independent Charter Schools’ Reach

Charter schools are public, nonsectarian schools created through a businesslike contract or “charter” between the charter governance board and the sponsoring school board or other chartering authority.  The charter defines the missions and methods of the charter school. The chartering authority holds the school accountable to its charter.

Throughout the history of charter schools in Wisconsin it has been local school boards which have authorized or sponsored the vast bulk of charter schools in Wisconsin and to which charter schools are accountable.  That could be about to change in a big way. Continue reading JFC Budget Would Broadly Expand Independent Charter Schools’ Reach

How Will Independent Charter Funding Impact Public Schools in 2016-17?

Recently, we examined how private school vouchers will impact public school funding in 2016-17. We now look at the increasingly complicated way in which independent charters are funded and how this will impact public school funding in 2016-17.

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UW System Hires Legislative Staffer to Oversee Creation of Independent Charter Schools in Madison

The chief of staff for state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), has been hired by the University of Wisconsin (UW) System to oversee the creation of independent charter schools in Madison and Milwaukee, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Gary Bennett will head the new Office of Educational Opportunity (OEO), an entity proposed by Darling and other Republican legislators and approved last year as part of the state’s biennial budget process. He will assume that post April 1, according to the UW System.

The OEO will have the ability to bypass local school boards and directly authorize new independent charter schools in districts with more than 25,000 students. Currently, that’s just Madison and Milwaukee.

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Study: Changing Schools Has Long-Term Effects

From CityLab.com:

Like many districts in the U.S., Chicago’s public school system offers open enrollment. If parents or kids are dissatisfied with their default neighborhood school, they can choose another one to attend among many options: magnets, charters, other neighborhood schools, and more. Open enrollment was created with the best of intentions: to give students in underperforming, underfunded schools a shot at a better education.

But more research is finding that students can wind up worse off when given more school choices. One scholar recently found that 15 percent of a cohort of low-income Chicago students who attended high schools away from their neighborhood wound up at an institution that was objectively worse than their local option. Most traveled further, and spent more time commuting. Continue reading Study: Changing Schools Has Long-Term Effects