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The Nation’s Oldest Voucher Program: Beacon Of Hope, Or Failed Experiment?
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May 19, 7:09 AM: Milwaukee has the nation's longest-running, publicly-funded voucher program. For 27 years it has targeted African-American kids from low-income families, children who otherwise could not afford the tuition at a private or religious >
Janesville’s ARISE Virtual Academy unlike any other in the state
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May 11, 5:58 AM: Models, hockey players, travelers, under achievers, over achievers, kids with special needs and a variety of other independent spirits have found a place at ARISE Virtual Academy. The charter school is an online school that is >
Rock River Charter School students defy classification
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May 8, 6:55 AM: For nearly two decades, Rock River Charter School has represented, in the public's imagination, the notion of “alternative high school."
Charting new ground: Janesville’s charter schools provide options for students
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May 8, 5:33 AM: The Janesville School District has four charter schools. For the next four days, The Gazette will look at the challenges and successes at each school.
Scott Walker open to changes to private school tuition tax benefit
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Apr 21, 6:27 AM: Gov. Scott Walker is open to amending a private school tuition tax benefit, two-thirds of which is going to families making more than $100,000 a year, though he isn't seeking any particular changes himself.
As state’s ‘Charter Czar’ finishes first year, independent charter school for Madison still long way
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Apr 18, 5:42 AM: The very soonest Madison residents could see an independent charter school open its doors in the city is fall 2018 — a year later than state officials first planned. That’s not foot-dragging, it’s prudence, according to Gary >
Baraboo School Board approves online courses for middle school students
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Apr 12, 5:46 AM: The new middle school instruction will expand the district’s online programs, which only have been offered at Baraboo High School for grades nine through 12.
Janesville School District spending $10,000 on open-enrollment marketing
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Apr 11, 7:22 AM: The Janesville School District will spend about $10,000 this year to promote itself to neighboring districts and new families who move to the area.  It's the first time the district has done such extensive marketing.
Evers trounced charter-school proponent in election to lead state schools
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Apr 7, 5:38 AM: The win keeps Evers in place as the only Democratic-backed statewide official in a meaningful office. Even though the race is officially nonpartisan, Evers had strong support from Democrats along with state and national teachers’ >
Union backed candidates sweep Milwaukee School Board elections
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Apr 6, 6:27 AM: A slate of candidates backed by the Milwaukee teachers union swept elections for four contested seats on the Milwaukee School Board on Tuesday.
Tony Evers sails into third term as Wisconsin education chief
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Apr 5, 6:49 AM: Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers sailed into a third term on Tuesday, easily defeating challenger Lowell Holtz to hang on to his post as the state's top educator.
Race for Wisconsin schools chief tops spring election ballots Tuesday
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Apr 4, 5:06 AM: A Wisconsin spring election with only one statewide race and various local contests is expected to draw 13% to 18% of eligible voters to the polls Tuesday, state elections officials said.
Madison School Board re-evaluates and approves Badger Rock Middle School’s charter
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Mar 31, 4:55 AM: When it addressed the contract last winter, the board opted to renew it for three years, instead of the standard five years, because of reservations about Badger Rock’s academic progress. The district evaluates district-run charter >
Milwaukee Choice School Sues MPS Over Transportation Costs 
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Mar 24, 5:53 AM: The tug-of-war continues between public and private choice schools in Milwaukee over transportation costs.
Act 10, voucher schools on residents’ minds at Brookfield town hall
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Mar 22, 5:47 AM: Frustration over school choice and the continuing effects of Act 10 were among the issues raised by constituents at a town hall meeting with Republican lawmakers in Brookfield on Tuesday.
New memo shows higher private school voucher payments
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Mar 21, 5:04 AM: Taxpayer-funded payments to children choosing to attend private schools using a voucher will increase an estimated $217 per-student in each of the next two years.
Merrimac charter school drops residency restriction
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Mar 15, 6:17 AM: Merrimac Community Charter School will drop its residency requirements and welcome students from anywhere in the state.
Milwaukee charter schools performed better than public schools on ACT, report shows
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Mar 2, 6:47 AM: A report published Wednesday by the libertarian Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty found that charter schools in the Milwaukee area outperformed their public counterparts.
Tomah weighs expanded role in virtual academy
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Feb 27, 7:28 AM: The Tomah School Board, during a Feb. 20 meeting at Robert Kupper Learning Center, heard a proposal to become an “invested member” of the academy, which provides online educational services to 16 school districts in central >
State superintendent race pits choice advocate, public school defender
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Feb 23, 6:35 AM: The state superintendent race pits two former school district superintendents and longtime educators against each other — a proponent of expanding school choices and an opponent of the state expansion of taxpayer-funded school >

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