MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Making it easier to open independently operating charter schools is drawing support from national and local groups that have tried and failed to open such schools in Wisconsin.
But opponents argued at a state Assembly committee hearing Thursday that the change would harm existing public schools and jeopardize currently operating charter schools in the state.
Independent charter schools are public schools that operate like private businesses, don't employ unionized teachers or stuff and do not have to answer to school boards. Supporters view them as a vital alternative to public schools because they have more flexibility in what is taught and staffing.
The bill would dramatically rework the charter school landscape in Wisconsin by expanding groups that could authorize independent charter schools.
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