From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


5/1/2002 3:21:13 PM
Christopher J. Klicka, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
Wisconsin--Legislation Pending to Limit Online Charter Schools

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

May 1, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The Wisconsin Senate has passed S.B. 55, the executive budget bill,
which includes a provision to limit virtual school enrollment in
Wisconsin for at least the next two years.

The language of this provision allows out of district students to be
enrolled in a school district's charter school ONLY if the child
receives face to face contact with a certified teacher 50% of each
day. This provision, (listed as Item 8 under the Public Instruction
Section), will severely limit the enrollment of on line charters
schools in a particular school district that wants to open enroll
home schooled children from all over the state. Earlier this year, we
explained the many controls imposed on home schoolers who enroll in
an on line charter school being established by the Appleton School
District ( ).

Currently, the House version of S.B. 55 does not have the language
requiring these out of district students to receive face to face
contact with a certified teacher each day. Thus, the House version of
S.B. 55 would not limit charter schools like the one proposed in
Appleton. This inconsistency between the Senate and House versions of
S.B. 55 is currently being reconciled in conference committee.

If you are opposed to on line charter schools in a particular public
school district trying to recruit home schoolers from across the
state, you can contact the conference committee members listed below
and tell them:

"Please retain the Senate provision for 'Teachers and Open Enrollment
Students in the Same Room' in the executive budget bill, S.B. 55.
This will save taxpayers money and promote fiscal responsibility."

You do not need to identify yourself as a home schooler. The
conference committee could reconcile these two versions of the
executive budget bill any day. Calls can be made immediately until
May 9th.


Senator Chuck Chvala (D Madison)
608 266 9170

Senator Russell Decker (D Schofield)
608 266 2502

Senator Robert Jauch (D Poplar)
800 469 6562

Senator Mary Panzer (R West Bend)
800 662 1227

Representative Scott Jensen (R Waukesha)
888 529 0032

Representative Foti (R Oconomowoc)
888 534 0038

Representative John Gard (R Peshtigo)
608 266 2343

Representative Spencer Black (D Madison)
608 266 7521

Thank you.


Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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