A state lawmaker is hoping to keep legislation going that some say is needed to save virtual schools.
A compromise on the legislation funding virtual schools fell apart last week in the Senate. That was after Governor Doyle said he would veto the bill unless it capped enrollment and studied their impact on bricks and mortar schools.
State Representative Brett Davis (R-Oregon) says such a move would lock future generations of students out of virtual schools. He says the bill can't be allowed to die, so he's introducing new legislation that would include the financial audit. However, it would not cap enrollment.
Virtual school enrollment in Wisconsin is estimated to include about 3,500 students. Davis says the parents of those kids want the programs to continue.
The legislation is needed after anAppeals Court
ruled in December that virtual schools can't receive state aid. The state teacher's union opposed the legislation, arguing that schools are already facing tough financial times.
The new version of the bill from Davis is expected to receive a committee hearing today at the Capitol.