UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session
UW System International Charter School
(Darling) The bill allows the President of the UW System to contract for the operation of an up to 1,400 pupil independent International Charter School in Dane County with the approval of the Board of Regents.
To Committee on Education
UW System Position
NEUTRAL. The Board of Regents supports the provision of quality K-12 education as it relates to global literacy and believes all K-12 schools should be incorporating global literacy into their curriculum. However, the UW System administration function is to facilitate campus synergies not to enter into a charter school sponsoring role. Up to this point, chartering has been a campus decision based on enabling legislation and the respective UW System Education Schools choosing to work with local school districts to meet the needs of at-risk populations in collaboration with other businesses and community based organizations. The Milwaukee and Parkside experience suggests that oversight of such charter schools is by no means a trivial matter, but one requiring contracting, detailed assessment and evaluation, periodic consideration of charter amendments and renewals, preparation of documentation for the Board which must approve all charters, amendments and renewals. The UW-Milwaukee office of charter schools has 2.56 staff members, a budget of close to $200,000 and works with the support of four separate committees. The Education School at UW-Madison has not indicated an interest in this project, but the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) has. Priorities for limited state and UW System resources are currently focused on quality teacher preparation, and addressing the achievement gap.