This week Wisconsin celebrated Charter Schools Week with tours, visits from legislators, an informational hearing and presenting Governor Walker with an award for his support of charter schools.
Throughout the week, Wisconsin legislators were invited to attend tours of Milwaukee Scholars, a charter based in Milwaukee, which works in partnership with National Heritage Academies (NHA) and was authorized by UW-Milwaukee. Legislators were also invited to attend Wauwatosa STEM, a charter school that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math and is currently the highest performing elementary school in Wisconsin. Finally, legislators could visit the Montessori School of Waukesha, founded in 1963.
In addition, an informational hearing was held on Thursday afternoon in the State Capitol for staff and legislators to hear from teachers, students and parents and to ask questions.
Members of the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools also met with Governor Walker and thanked him on his support for charter schools.