Bill would close failing Wisconsin public schools, cut voucher payments

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The proposals are seen as an affront by teachers unions — one official called it "armageddon" Tuesday — because control of the low-performing schools would be taken from school boards and potentially handed to charter-management organizations that would operate separate from the district.

The proposals this week from state Sen. Luther Olsen, a Republican from Ripon who chairs the Senate Education Committee, also outline sanctions for persistently poor-performing charter schools run by districts, and for the first time, private voucher schools.

"It's dramatic," Olsen said.

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