Report says virtual schools need to be improved before expanding

Students in virtual schools are, overall, not performing well, and policymakers should focus on analyzing and improving virtual education before allowing expansion of these schools, according to a new report. The report by the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute is based on in-depth analysis of virtual education in five states, including Wisconsin. It found, for example, that in 2015-16 Wisconsin had 26 virtual schools enrolling 6,424 students, and two-thirds of the virtual schools that were rated received unacceptable performance ratings according to state standards.

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Legislative Update – June 28

While behind-the-scenes negotiations are getting tense among GOP leaders, the governor is confident the budget will be finished in mid-July. Today, he met with leaders of both houses, and now they say talks are back on track. Remember, there’s the governor’s budget, which the Joint Finance Committee is working off of, along with an Assembly Republican proposal, and the Senate is still saying there is the possibility of doing its own budget. Democrats also forwarded their education plan last week, and don’t forget about the Budget for All, which WEAC signed onto earlier this year.

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Protect Medicaid for our students!

Our students need your help. Among all the dangerous consequences the new Republican “healthcare” bill will have, one of the most alarming is how it will completely dismantle Medicaid. Republican senators are feeling the pressure from your calls, and have been forced to push the vote from this week until after the July 4th congressional recess. We must keep the pressure on.

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