Several area charter schools have been awarded grant money from the state.
Overall 51 districts in Wisconsin will receive the charter school money, divided into a series of categories. Northland Pines will be receiving two separate grants.
The first is a $150,000 planning grant for Northland Pines Montessori Learning Center. The k-fourth grade school is in the planning stages this year, with an opening expected for next year.
A second grant is tabbed for their School of Options and Applied Research or SOAR for Middle School aged students which will receive a $150,000 renewal grant. Wausau and Stevens Point also received grant money for charter schools in their district.
State Superintendent Tony Evers said in announcing the grants, “Wisconsin’s charter schools,and the dedicated educators that serve these schools,are given the latitude to explore new instructional methods and refine best practices. They are laboratories of innovation.”
Charter schools are public schools and are accountable to the locally elected school board or authorizing agency that approved their charter contract.