On Thursday, in Madison, there is an Executive Session of the Senate Education Committee to consider SB286.There will be no public testimony. SB286 will probably make it to the Senate floor the week of Feb. 10.
Some noteworthy features of the SB286:
1) While public schools would be forced to close or turned into an independent charters, voucher schools would not be forced to close but would not be able to enroll any additional voucher students.
2) Public schools have to take the state test. Voucher schools get a choice, they take the state test, but they also have the opportunity to take a different test and submit that information if they choose.
3) There is a stipulation that the lowest performing 5% of public schools must be placed in the lowest performing category. It suggest that even if you are not in the “F” or “Fails to meet expectations” category, you can be thrown into the group that could be slated for closure or conversion to charter. Labeling 5% as “lowest performing” — even when they aren’t — is a backdoor way to create perpetual charter school expansion.
4) Low performing schools will be closed or turned over to independent charter management organizations (CMO).
5) The MPS Superintendent will have the power to contract directly with CMOs, circumventing the elected School Board.
6) 90% of the funding goes to the CMO. (Presently approximately 80% goes to the CMO.)
7) Failing schools in MPS are only given 1 year before sanctions begin, rather than 3, and this stipulation is retroactive.
To read SB286 go to: Accountability Bill