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ERIC Number: ED510335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
New Regulations Impacting School Choice Program: School Closures up, Number of New Schools Down. Research Brief. Volume 98, Number 1
Dickman, Anneliese; Schmidt, Jeffrey; Henken, Rob
Public Policy Forum
Between the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years, fewer new schools joined the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) than ever before. In addition, 14 MPCP schools closed and another three schools merged--the most year-over-year closures the program has seen. In this 12th edition of the Public Policy Forum's annual census of MPCP schools, the authors find 112 schools are participating in the choice program, enrolling 21,062 students using taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers. The number of full-time equivalent students using vouchers is greater than in any other year of the program's 19-year history; however, there are fewer schools participating today than earlier this decade. The decline in the number of new schools and the increase in the number of closed schools are likely due to new state regulations governing the program. These regulations require schools new to the program to obtain pre-accreditation before opening and require existing schools to become accredited within three years of joining the program. Throughout this decade, the average number of schools new to the program had been 11 per year. Under the new pre-accreditation requirement, 19 schools applied for pre-accreditation, but just three were approved. Another 38 schools had previously indicated to state regulators an intent to participate in the program in 2009-2010, but did not apply for pre-accreditation. The pre-accreditation process is conducted by the Institute for the Transformation of Learning (ITL) at Marquette University. In addition, 13 of the 14 schools that closed over the past year were not accredited. Meanwhile, one school that has been part of the MPCP since its beginnings in 1990, Harambee Community School, may have to close this year after failing to earn accreditation by the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Association. In addition to focusing on the impact of new regulations, this year's census focuses on enrollment trends and issues pertinent to schools in high-poverty neighborhoods. (Contains 10 charts and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Fleck Foundation
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Forum
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin