2017 Assembly Joint Resolution 99
ENROLLED JOINT RESOLUTION
Relating to: declaring January 21–27, 2018, School Choice Week and recognizing the importance of giving parents the choice in the educational path for their children.
Whereas, the school choice program was first launched in Milwaukee in 1990 to offer low-income students the opportunity to pick their schools; and
Whereas, the Milwaukee parental choice program was the first of its kind in the United States and has since grown to educate more than 28,700 students in 126 schools; and
Whereas, if the Milwaukee parental choice program was a school district, it would be the second largest in the state; and
Whereas, the Wisconsin Legislature expanded school choice to Racine in 2011, state-wide in 2013, and to the special needs scholarships in 2015; and
Whereas, the statewide and Racine programs educate more than 7,500 students in 187 schools; and
Whereas, choice schools see significant success in student achievement and are regularly lauded as innovators in education; and
Whereas, the largest school choice option in Wisconsin is open enrollment, with over 55,000 students statewide transferring school districts; and
Whereas, charter and virtual schools provide another educational option to families; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin Legislature hereby declares January 21–27, 2018, School Choice Week and recognizes the importance of giving parents the choice in the educational path for their children.