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Charter school bill generates debate

A proposal that would make it easier to open independent charter schools around the state, brought out arguments from both sides of the issue yesterday.

An Assembly committee held a hearing on the bill from Republican Rep. Dale Kooyenga of Brookfield.

Local school boards currently have the authority to create a charter, but Kooyenga wants UW System schools, and regional education agencies, to also have that power.

Democratic Rep. Mandy Wright of Wausau says the taxpayer-funded charters would take money away from public schools.

Appleton has 15 charter schools that the school board approved. A number of other districts around the Fox Cities also signed off on charters. The bill would take away some of that local control.

A similar proposal was removed during the debate over the current state budget.

posted : January, 10th by WHBY

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