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Republicans introduce proposal to redefine charter schools in Wisconsin

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A new proposal would allow for the creation of independent charter schools throughout the state.

Five assembly Republicans introduced the bill last week. It would allow regional educational agencies and technical college district boards reach deals with companies or non-profit organizations to run the schools. Right now, independent charter schools are only allowed in Milwaukee and Racine.
Local school boards oversee most Wisconsin charter schools right now. The bill would rename those schools "magnet schools."

Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) says the proposal would bring Wisconsin's definition of a charter school in line with the federal government's. He says it would also make it easier for the schools to get federal funds.

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