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UW’s Badger Herald Frames Wisconsin Charter School Debate « Larry Miller's Blog

UW’s Badger Herald Frames Wisconsin Charter School Debate « Larry Miller's Blog

UW’s Badger Herald Frames Wisconsin Charter School Debate

Understanding Wisconsin’s charter school debate

New legislation would ease process of starting these alternative schools; Experts still debate whether cheaper option good for education in long run

By George LeVines Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Badger herald

A contested bill recently introduced by the state Senate aims to ease the process of starting charter schools, allowing educators room to innovate in exchange for meeting strict expectations.

Wisconsin Charter School Association Executive Director John Gee said the climate for charter schools is ripe because of available federal grants. Last year the Department of Education gave out $138,005,068 to state education departments across the country for starting new charters.

While heated bills are currently making their way through statehouses nationwide, charter schools are still poorly

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