Senate bill introduced to control online EDS

According to the Racine (Wisc.) Journal-Times, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Education Committee is introducing legislation to permit the continued operation of so-called “virtual charter schools” in Wisconsin. A Court of Appeals decision recently held that the operation of a virtual charter school run a Virginia-based company is not permitted under the state’s existing charter school and open enrollment statutes.

Sen. John Lehman (D-Wisc.) believes that his E-Learning Options and Accountability Act will:

>> Clarify state law to specifically allow school districts to charter virtual schools and enroll students from across the state regardless of the location of the chartering district.

>> Ensure quality by setting minimum standards for contact between teachers and students.

>> Provide a per pupil funding level based on actual costs incurred for providing on-line learning.

“I’m hopeful that a reasonable approach addressing the issues raised by the court to allow virtual charters to operate, setting minimum standards to ensure a quality education and protecting taxpayers by aligning public funding with actual costs can be quickly enacted into law,” Lehman told the Journal-Times.  

According to the Racine (Wisc.) Journal-Times, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Education Committee is introducing legislation to permit the continued operation of so-called “virtual charter schools” in Wisconsin. A Court of Appeals decision recently held that the operation of a virtual charter school run a Virginia-based company is not permitted under the state’s existing charter school and open enrollment statutes.

Sen. John Lehman (D-Wisc.) believes that his E-Learning Options and Accountability Act will:

>> Clarify state law to specifically allow school districts to charter virtual schools and enroll students from across the state regardless of the location of the chartering district.

>> Ensure quality by setting minimum standards for contact between teachers and students.

>> Provide a per pupil funding level based on actual costs incurred for providing on-line learning.

“I’m hopeful that a reasonable approach addressing the issues raised by the court to allow virtual charters to operate, setting minimum standards to ensure a quality education and protecting taxpayers by aligning public funding with actual costs can be quickly enacted into law,” Lehman told the Journal-Times.  

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