School Choice Score: 83%
Both of Wisconsin’s voucher programs, The Milwaukee Parental Choice program and the Parental Private School Choice program (Racine), are income-qualified programs. The Milwaukee Parental Choice program is capped at $160.7 million in funding, with more than 24,000 students receiving scholarships. In July 2013, the governor’s state budget created a statewide voucher program, which has started to serve 500 students the first year and 1,000 each year thereafter. The state permits parents some choices among traditional public schools, allowing students to attend any public school in the state, but moves from one district to another require districts to agree to such transfers.
Charter Schools Score: 82%
Governor Walker unsuccessfully attempted to expand authorizing to all four-year state universities but the legislature stripped it from his budget. Until authorizing is expanded statewide, growth will continue to be concentrated in Milwaukee. Funding also continues to be a problem, with charters receiving significantly less and no help with facilities.
Online Learning Score: 0%
The state does, however, provide a range of full-time and supplemental online learning options to students, and enrollment in both full-time and part-time courses online has been steadily increasing over the past ﬁve years.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 68%
Neither tenure decisions nor licensure advancement and renewal are based on teacher effectiveness, however, and there is no assurance that tenured teachers who receive unsatisfactory evaluations will be placed on improvement plans or that they will be eligible for dismissal. The law mandates that seniority determine layoffs. The state does not support performance pay, but teachers can receive additional compensation for working in high-need schools.