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Senate committee to hold hearing on virtual schools Thursday, July 23

by | Jul 20, 2020 | Legislative Update Blog, State Issue | 0 comments

The Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection, chaired by state Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), is holding an informational hearing on virtual schools this Thursday, July 23 at 10 AM at the State Capitol.

Informational hearings are used by legislators to learn about a given topic by hearing from stakeholders. Testifying is by invitation only and the WASB was one of the groups asked to identify speakers.

The following is from the hearing notice:

The Committee will hear invited testimony from speakers regarding K-12 virtual schools in Wisconsin. The invited groups include the following:

  • Wisconsin Virtual Academy
  • Department of Public Instruction
  • Wisconsin Association of School Boards
  • School Administrators Alliance
  • School Choice Wisconsin

The committee will hear testimony from invited speakers only. Other organizations or persons, as invited by the Chair, may also appear.

The committee will meet, pursuant to s. 13.42, Stats. Due to the utilization of social distancing guidelines, seating in room 412 East may be limited. Members of the public may also observe the hearing in the State Capitol Rotunda or through WisconsinEye coverage available at An overflow room will be available in Room 400 SE.

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