With all of the heat and controversy constantly raging, it is remarkable that this bipartisan bill was passed and signed with almost no fanfare.
MOUNT PLEASANT, WI — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a new voucher school bill into law Wednesday that requires private schools participating in a school choice program to conduct background checks of its employees.
The bill passed the Senate with a vote of 28-5 and was concurred by the Assembly with a vote of 67-30.
The new law also eliminates certain academic threshholds that choice schools must currently meet, including at least one of the following:
1) At least 70 percent of the pupils in the program advance one grade level each year.
2)) The private school’s average attendance rate for the pupils in the program is at least 90 percent
3) At least 80 percent of the pupils in the program demonstrate significant academic
4) At least 70 percent of the families of pupils in the program meet parent involvement criteria established by the private school.