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Wisconsin voucher program for special needs students expected to triple next year
Feb 13, 7:02 AM: Alontay is one of 68 students who attend St. Marcus through Wisconsin's 2-year-old Special Needs Scholarship Program, which allows children with disabilities, regardless of income, to attend private schools on >
Madison to see up to two independent charter schools open in fall 2018
Feb 2, 6:15 AM: State “charter czar” Gary Bennett on Thursday said he intends to authorize up to two independent charter schools to open this fall in Madison, and both are familiar names in the city’s public education landscape. >
Statewide voucher school program continues expansion with 68 new schools for 2018-19
Feb 2, 6:08 AM: Private schools, most of them faith-based, continue to flock to Wisconsin's taxpayer-funded statewide voucher program that serves students outside of the Racine and Milwaukee school districts, according to new state data. >
Six schools join register for Racine Parental Choice Program
Feb 1, 6:17 AM: Six new schools registered with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction this year to accept students through the Racine Parental Choice Program. In all, 26 private nonsectarian and religious schools registered to >
Do School Vouchers Work? Milwaukee’s Experiment Suggests an Answer
Jan 29, 8:20 AM: Almost three decades ago, Milwaukee started offering the nation’s first-ever school vouchers. Starting small, the program allowed poor children to use taxpayer money to attend private schools. Today, about a quarter of >
MPS approves two-year extension for Holy Redeemer charter school despite move to rescind
Jan 29, 6:14 AM: A struggling independent charter school affiliated with a prominent Milwaukee church has won a two-year reprieve from Milwaukee Public Schools, despite a recommendation by some board members that it rescind its charter to >
Struggling Kathryn T. Daniels charter school could lose MPS contract
Jan 22, 8:27 AM: A struggling Milwaukee charter school affiliated with a prominent religious organization could lose its charter to operate in June, under a measure that moves to the Milwaukee Public Schools board this week. >
Portable classrooms or renovated barn? School board eyes charter school building options
Jan 19, 6:42 AM: The board discussed the barn renovation idea at length Monday night, after board member Michael Huffman said he’d run some very preliminary numbers that show refurbishing the barn as classroom space might cost about the >
District hopes if it builds virtual school, students will come
Jan 18, 7:08 AM: A virtual public school in Ripon, for Riponites, is a go for the fall. Now all it needs are real, live students and a real, live teacher. The School Board unanimously approved a teaching position for the proposed school >
Fewer than half of Wisconsin school districts have certified teachers unions
Jan 2, 7:54 AM: Six years after Gov. Scott Walker and state Republicans made labor unions’ ability to retain members much more difficult, fewer than half of the state’s 422 school districts have certified unions. >
Racine Unified enrollment choice window closes soon
Dec 29, 9:11 AM: The deadline is approaching for school choice enrollment in the Racine Unified School District. Until the enrollment window closes on Jan. 15, Unified families can go online and sign their children up to attend the >
Legislators introduce options for gifted kids in need
Dec 27, 7:51 AM: A bipartisan group of Wisconsin lawmakers introduced legislation to create a Gifted and Talented Education Savings Account.
School board approves resolution on vouchers
Dec 26, 8:00 AM:

The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education on Monday joined the six other districts who have passed resolutions supporting a bill aimed at explaining to taxpayers how much state aid to public school districts >

Green light given for virtual school
Dec 21, 6:51 AM: Ripon already has eight public schools in four buildings, but a ninth school could take up much less space than the others. The School Board unanimously approved a recommendation Monday to pursue a virtual charter school. >
Eau Claire school board hears charter school plan for Little Red
Dec 19, 6:26 AM: The Eau Claire school board will decide at its next meeting whether to support Little Red Nature Campus after hearing a proposal Monday for the environmentally focused charter school.
EverGreen Academy makes changes after failing state assessment
Dec 18, 7:53 AM: EverGreen Academy serves 313 students in 4-year-old kindergarten to eighth grade. The private school, which currently only has voucher students, was founded in 2013.
Janesville School Board asks state for transparency on vouchers
Dec 15, 6:55 AM: The Janesville School Board wants taxpayers to know how much of their money is going to voucher schools.
Report card fails Wausau charter school, but graduates stick up for the program
Dec 15, 5:57 AM: But while Young views the report cards as an important piece of data, she said they don't convey the school's achievements. EEA requires students to pass classes with at least an 80 percent and measures progress through >
Milwaukee Excellence Charter School is backdrop for new anti-bullying music video
Dec 13, 7:53 AM: A Milwaukee activist is helping several young artists create an anti-bullying music video, and they want every student in the country to see it. The Milwaukee Excellence Charter School welcomed the video shoot Tuesday, >
Bridges Virtual Academy exceeds expectations on School Report Card
Dec 12, 7:39 AM: The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) School Report Cards, was recently released to the public. Merrill Area Public Schools’ Bridges Virtual Academy (BVA) scored a 77.2, which equates to an “Exceeds Expectations” >



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