School accountability bill introduced in Wisconsin Assembly

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MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin schools would receive a letter grade based on a variety of performance measures starting next year under a long-awaited accountability bill introduced by Assembly Republicans.

The bill introduced Wednesday differs from an earlier draft that would have forced teachers and principals at failing schools to be fired. That provision has been removed.

However, the latest version does call for converting a failing public school into an independent charter school if it doesn’t improve over a four-year period.

The sanctions wouldn’t take effect until the 2017-2018 school year.

Bill sponsor Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt says he hopes to debate the measure later this month. It is the first bill introduced in the Assembly this session.

Gov. Scott Walker has said passing an accountability bill is one of his top priorities.

1 Comment

  • Shaun

    This may work fine with the well-to-do in this State, but this does nothing to the public schools short of closing them permanently. There is still no guarantee that the private schools work in MIlwaukee, there have been closures in the neighborhoods that don’t need that and then the children have to retake the same classes because those private schools didn’t make it through the semester. People fail to realize or don’t know that the private schools need private financial backing in order to make it, hence the inner city students will never have the benefits of the school voucher program to go to private schools being offered. No, this isn’t the answer at all, except to make higher rich interests happy.

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