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ERIC Number: ED599948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Sep
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Legislative Report on Charter Schools, 2016-2017. Statutory Report Series
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 422 Wisconsin school districts during the 2016-2017 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 or participate in a consortium of school districts interested in opening a charter school. 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 start-up funds from DPI. The department 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 2016-2017 school year, nine districts (2.1 percent) reported charter school activity as defined above, including at least one district in five of the 12 regional Cooperative Educational Services Agencies (CESA). A breakdown of the activity shows eight school boards made 10 first-level charter school decisions, and four school boards made four second-level charter school decisions. Of the first-level decisions, 10 of 10 (100 percent) were approved. Of the second-level decisions, four of four (100 percent) were approved. While five districts reported a first-level decision and not a second-level decision, only one school district reported a second-level decision but not a first-level decision.
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