UPDATE: Catholic, voucher schools oppose testing bill

UPDATED Thursday, September 12, 2013 --- 1:48 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Representatives of Catholic and private schools that participate in Wisconsin's publicly funded voucher program are speaking out against proposed new requirements that achievement data for their students be publicly reported.

Thursday's hearing before the state Senate Education Committee demonstrated how difficult it will be for policy makers to come up with an accountability plan that can find support both with the public and private school communities, but also in the Legislature and with Gov. Scott Walker.

The proposal before the committee would require for the first time that private schools in the voucher program report a wide range of performance information to the state.

But private school supporters say the proposal is flawed in what information is requested and how it will be reported.

Copyright 2013: Associated Pres

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UPDATED Thursday, September 12, 2013 --- 9:13 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state Senate committee is taking testimony on a proposal that would kick poor-performing schools out of the state's taxpayer-subsidized voucher program.

So far the Republican-backed bill is generating little support in the Legislature and it appears unlikely to go far as introduced.

Still, the Senate Education Committee planned a hearing Thursday.

The bill would require for the first time that private schools in the voucher program report a wide range of performance information to the state.

It would also give a score to every public, charter and voucher school based on data collected during the 2014 academic year.

The bill would also create a series of consequences for schools that under-perform three years in a row, including restructuring, closing, revocation of charter or removal from the voucher program.

Copyright 2013: Associated Pres

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Posted Thursday, September 5, 2013 --- 9:44 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A school accountability bill that would kick poor-performing voucher schools of the taxpayer-subsidized program is generating little support in the Legislature so far.

Bill co-sponsor Republican Sen. Luther Olsen said Thursday the measure has just four co-sponsors out of 131 lawmakers. Olsen says the proposal will have a hearing on Sept. 12 and he hopes the Legislature will take it up in October.

The bill would require for the first time that private schools in the voucher program report a wide range of performance information to the state. Public schools, including charters, already provide the data.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos calls the bill a "first draft" and changes need to be made before it will have enough votes to pass.

Gov. Scott Walker has been noncommittal on the proposal.

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