Selected readings on US charter schools
The expansion of independent public charter school options in Wisconsin has been a popular topic of discussion among lawmakers and influential community members as the state’s budget discussions are now underway. Despite the choice and charter budget provision controversy amongst state lawmakers, a recent poll conducted by Marquette Law School demonstrates clear statewide support for expanding these educational options to families in districts with low performing schools outside of Milwaukee.
Specifically, public support for public charter schools is significant: 46% of Wisconsin residents surveyed approved of independent public charter schools compared to a mere 16% that did not. Respondents also overwhelmingly recognized that public charters schools provide unique benefits and programs to students and families.
The poll indicated that support for educational reform options is strongest in Wisconsin’s largest cities: Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay. These cities are also home to some of the state’s most underperforming schools.
DFER-WI is currently working with state lawmakers to expand independent public charter school options to other high need Wisconsin communities. We believe that every child deserves the right to a great education regardless of family income, race, gender or zip code and that parents should have a choice in determining the best education option for their child.
Source: Democrats for Education Reform (blog) – by Jarett Fields, DFER Wisconsin