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ERIC Number: ED612831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Dec
Pages: 45
Abstractor: ERIC
Legislative Report on Charter Schools, 2019-2020. 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 the charter school activity survey in the 421 Wisconsin school districts during the 2019-2020 school year. This report documents two distinct stages of decision-making regarding new charter school proposals. The first is a "school board concept approval" decision (previously known as first-level decision) which includes the following: (1) further study of a new charter school; (2) considering participation in a charter consortium; or (3) study of a federal Charter Schools Program grant or subgrant for a new or replicated charter school. A "school board concept approval" occurs during the charter school's "development" stage. The second is a "school board approval action on a petition" decision (previously known as a second-level decision) which is defined as (1) an approved charter contract between the district and the operator of a charter school for a new charter school; (2) an approved written agreement to participate in a consortium; or (3) a signature on a federal Charter Schools Program grant or subgrant for a new or replicated charter school. A "school board approval action on a petition" decision occurs during the "implementation" stage. 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 2019-2020 school year, 15 districts (3.6 percent) reported charter school activity as defined above, including at least one district in seven of the 12 regional Cooperative Educational Services Agencies (CESA). A breakdown of the activity shows 12 school boards made 12 "school board concept approval" charter school decisions, and eight school boards made seven "school board approval action on a petition" charter school decisions. Of the "school board concept approval" decisions, 10 of 12 (83 percent) were approved. Of the "school board approval action on a petition" decisions, seven of eight (88 percent) were approved. [This report was developed by the DPI Charter Schools Team, Parental Education Options. For "Legislative Report on Charter Schools, 2018-2019. Statutory Report Series," see ED612830.]
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: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A