Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Geri Chesner, Chair, Dissertation Committee

Second Advisor

Dr. James Fitzpatrick, Member, Dissertation Committee

Third Advisor

Dr. Todd Price, Dean’s Representative


Funding provided for public education is also being utilized for charter, private and /or parochial voucher schools across the state of Wisconsin. Policy was passed that eliminates current enrollment caps in the statewide parental choice program. In 2016-17, enrollment is limited to 1% of the district’s school age population and increases by 1% annually until it reaches 10% then lifts entirely. In advocating against the proposed policy, three critical issues emerged – the cost of funding the additional program, the moral obligation to educate neediest students, and grading school performance. Policy recommendation includes, leave remaining enrollment cap in place, create a universal screener to grade schools, create a matrix to rank schools, and limit chartering agencies to public school boards. The results would be a policy that creates a fair and consistent way of educating all students and funding and grading all schools statewide regardless of their affiliation.