Bill would expand charter schools in Wis.

A proposal that would greatly expand where independent charter schools could open in Wisconsin is scheduled for a public hearing before a state Assembly committee.

Charter schools are public schools that operate like private businesses, don’t employ unionized teachers or stuff and do not have to answer to school boards.

Under current law, independent charter schools not created by a school board can only be authorized by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, the Milwaukee Area Technical College, and the city of Milwaukee.

The Republican-backed bill up for a hearing Thursday would expand those that could create independent charter schools to include all four-year and two-year UW System institutions, technical college boards and all of the state’s regional educational service agencies.