Mandatory teaching hours for K-12 schools could be eliminated under proposed budgetBy Andy Goldstein | Apr. 3, 2017
As the GOP formulates its spending priorities into the new state budget, one proposal from Gov. Scott Walker would lift the sole mandate enforcing a minimum number of hours of instruction per year in Wisconsin schools. The plan would do away with the state law that ensures such criteria in both public and private schools, and also lift time requirements for one-on-one instructor availability for students enrolled in virtual charter schools. Walker’s proposal would make Wisconsin the only state in the country without laws to ensure minimum instruction time for students. “For us, it’s about eliminating the mandate,” Walker told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Monday.