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ERIC Number: ED583043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Legislative Report on Charter Schools, 2014-2015. Statutory Report Series
Holiday, Latoya
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
The Wisconsin Department for Public Instruction (DPI) is required to submit this report to the Legislature regarding the status of existing charter schools, the number of petitions for new charter schools, and the action taken by school boards and the DPI on petitions for new charter schools. This report offers the results of new charter school activity in the 424 Wisconsin school districts during the 2014-2015 school year. This report documents two distinct levels of decision making regarding charter school proposals. A first-level decision occurs during the charter school's "development" stage. The school district may approve further study of a charter school concept, participate in a consortium of school districts interested in opening a charter school, or sign a planning grant with the purposes of seeking federal charter school planning funds from the DPI. A second-level decision occurs during the "implementation" stage. The school district issues a charter school contract, provides a signature on an agreement to participate in a multi-district charter school, or signs an implementation grant with the purpose of seeking federal charter school startup funds from the DPI. The DPI conducted an electronic survey and personally contacted school district officials to compile the necessary data. One hundred percent of the Wisconsin school districts responded to the survey. During the 2014-2015 school year, 24 districts (5.7 percent) reported charter school activity as defined above, including at least one district in eleven of the twelve regional Cooperative Educational Services Agencies (CESA). A breakdown of the activity shows 21 school boards made 28 first-level charter school decisions, and 18 school boards made 18 second-level charter school decisions. Of the first-level decisions, 27 of 28 (96.4 percent) were approved. Of the second-level decisions, 17 of 18 (94.4 percent) were approved. While 6 districts reported a first-level decision and not a second-level decision, only 3 school districts reported a second-level decision but not a first-level decision. [For the " Legislative Report on Charter Schools, 2013-2014. Statutory Report Series," see ED583044.]
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 125 South Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841. Tel: 800-441-4563; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A