Welcome new Associate Director Nick Pretasky!
DPI's Informational Grant Workshops
Wisconsin Charter Schools Program
Federal Grant Information and Writing Workshops
Come learn about the upcoming charter schools grant competition including available funds, grant priorities, application requirements and more. Click here for more information.
Wisconsin's charter school law - school board authorizer duties
The Department of Public Instruction reports that 98 Wisconsin school districts have contracts with 211 active school district authorized charter schools. While most school boards do not contract with a charter school, all have a duty to solicit and evaluate charter schools under Wisconsin law. Charter school authorizer duties are described in s. 118.40(3m):
- Solicit and evaluate charter school applications.
- Consider the principles and standards for quality charter schools established by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) when contracting for the establishment of a charter school.
- Give preference in awarding contracts for charter schools to those charter schools serving children at risk.
- Approve only high-quality charter school applications that meet identified educational needs and promote a diversity of educational choices.
- Monitor charter school performance and compliance with state law.
- Submit an annual report to the State Superintendent and Legislature.
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has partnered with the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools (WRCCS) to provide professional development resources and training for school boards as charter school authorizers. For more information on school board authorizer professional development resources and training contact Sarah Hackett, Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Barry Forbes, WASB Associate Executive Director (email@example.com).
Charter School Strategic Planning
Online and Blended learning
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