Proposal would let Milwaukee charter schools rise independent of districts

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lake Country Academy, a public K-8 charter school in Sheboygan, starts each Friday with an assembly on a human virtue.

It's delivered in the school's hallmark call-and-response style of instruction, with students then returning to class to write about the topic.

Academy leaders are eager to take their methods — right down to the uniforms — to the high school level, but that's not possible right now. The Sheboygan School Board is taking a two-year break from chartering new schools.

However, controversial legislation recently introduced by a Milwaukee lawmaker would allow new charter schools to open across the state without the blessing of local school districts. If it passes, the proposal by Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) would dramatically change the system for chartering schools in Wisconsin.

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