Giving Students Choices: A look at Charter Schools

By: Megan Lowry Email
By: Megan Lowry Email

(WEAU)--As part of National School Choice week more than 3,000 events will be held this across the country to encourage states to offer more education choices to students.
The Wisconsin School Choice organization says they want to make it easier for students to get access to alternative learning opportunities like homeschooling, online classes and magnet and charter schools.
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser is one of the districts already offering its middle school students a charter program.

“The whole idea behind having charter schools is about innovation. It’s about giving small schools the opportunity to try new things and if they work then we use those things in the rest of education,” said Red Cedar Environmental Institute teacher Mike Steiner.

Chetek-Weyerhaeuser’s Red Cedar Environmental Institute is in its second school year. Instead of taking separate Math, English and Science courses, the 30 students enrolled in the charter program spend the day working on independent projects that incorporate all the main subjects.

“When they write for a science experiment they see that writing is essential in everything they do. It's not just English class that they are focused on writing,” said Red Cedar Environmental Institute Holly Estreen.

Estreen says the idea is to give students real world experience

“In our daily lives everything has become so customized, where Amazon will recommend books and Pandora recommends music you will like, so why not have that same opportunity with education,” said Estreen.

No matter what your child’s interest or back ground is now you have another choice than the traditional with the project based education.


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