Selected readings on US charter schools
Grants are part of $3.8 million issued statewide
About $1.2 million in federal funding will be awarded for the planning and development of five new charter schools in the Milwaukee area this year, the state Department of Public Instruction announced Monday.
Statewide, 19 new charter schools will be splitting $3.8 million in planning grants to develop the structure and curriculum of their schools. Schools that receive planning grants typically open in the following year, in this case 2014-’15.
In total, about $12.8 million will be awarded to new and already operating charter schools across the state for the 2013-’14 school year. Aside from planning grants, funds also go toward implementing new schools and to existing schools, according to DPI.
Charter schools are public schools that enter into a contract with an approved institution, such as a school district, to meet academic performance goals in exchange for more freedom from state rules and regulations.
Last year, 238 charter schools served 43,536 students across Wisconsin, according to DPI numbers.
In the Milwaukee area, the City of Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Area Technical College all have the authority to charter schools. Additionally, all school districts across the state can charter schools, including Milwaukee Public Schools.
The following Milwaukee area schools were selected for planning grants for the 2013-’14 year:
■The Milwaukee School of Academics and Character, chartered by the City of Milwaukee, $200,000.
■The Milwaukee College Preparatory Academy and NOVA Tech (TransCenter for Youth), both chartered by MPS, $250,000 each.
■The Racine Civil Leaders Academy, chartered by the Racine Unified School District, $249,650.
■The University Lab School, chartered by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, $250,000.
Source: Journal Sentinel – by Patrick Simonaitis