- Some private schools might need to meet stricter requirements soon.
A bill passed in the state Senate today would require schools to maintain accreditation.
It would only apply to private schools that participate in Wisconsin's voucher program.
That program allows students to get a subsidy to go to private schools.
Schools that participate in the program would have to get accredited.
Nativity Catholic School in Rhinelander is part of the voucher program, but it's already accredited .
"Our first year of accreditation was 1995. We have been re-accredited every year since that. Every seven years there is an accreditation format that we must go through, where a team actually comes and visits our school. They serve at our site for three days, meeting with parents, teachers, community members, parishioners, anybody that is involved in our school," says Nativity Catholic School Principal, Shirley Heise.
The current law only requires schools to get accredited but not maintain it.
"If we are a school that is going to ask parents to pay tuition to send their children here, even if we didn't ask that, my expectation would be that our standards were exceedingly above whatever is out there. Because we do have high expectations of our staff, our students and certainly our school," says Heise.
The bill unanimously passed the Senate.
The assembly version of the bill is still in committee.
The proposed requirements would begin in 2015.