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Wisconsin choice schools sue state over virtual learning

March 28, 2019

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group representing private schools in Wisconsin’s choice program sued the state education department Wednesday, saying it illegally forbids choice schools from counting online classes toward instructional time.

School Choice Wisconsin Action, through its attorneys with the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, filed the lawsuit in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit alleges that the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is illegally treating choice schools and public schools differently. State law allows public schools to count online learning toward the minimum number of instructional hours required each year.

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