- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Legislature’s budget-writing budget committee has rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to create a new approval board to allow for more independent charter schools that operate outside the control of local public school boards.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted down Walker’s proposal early Wednesday morning. Committee co-chair Sen. Alberta Darling says the state is not ready for an expansion of independent charter schools statewide.

Most charter schools in Wisconsin are run by school boards. Independent charter schools, which answer to state-approved agencies, only currently operate in Milwaukee and Racine.

Walker’s budget would create a new state board to oversee approval of new entities that can authorize new independent charter schools statewide.

Similar proposals have failed in recent years.

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