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Wisconsin budget - Charter Schools, 130 independent charter schools could be OK'd in 146 district

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Independent charter schools could be approved in 146 public school districts across Wisconsin under a provision that's been added to the state budget.

State Superintendent Tony Evers says the expansion of independent charter school authorizers would weaken local control of public education.

The measure added to the budget calls for the University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross to appoint someone to approve independent charter schools in Milwaukee and Madison. Four other authorizers could create charter schools in 144 other districts across the state.

Those authorizers are the College of the Menominee Nation, Lac Courte Oreilles (lah coot ah RAY') Ojibwa Community College, Gateway Technical College District Board and the Waukesha County executive.

Supporters say it gives students more choices, while opponents like Evers say it will hurt public schools.

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