State lawmakers appear to have reached a compromise on the future of virtual schools in Wisconsin. State Senate Education committee chair, Racine Democrat John Lehman, says the compromise allows virtual schools to keep operating, provides adequate funding and assures quality and accountability.
An appeals court decision in December held that state law does not permit virtual schools as currently operated, and that legislative action would be required to update the statutes to allow on-line learning. Wisconsin's open enrollment period begins February 3rd, providing an incentive for lawmakers to reach a resolution.
Also on hand to announce the deal, Assembly Education Committee chair Brett Davis and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Libby Burmaster. The compromise allows DPI to operate a virtual academy.