A new compromise to keep Wisconsin‘s public virtual schools open has Appleton Area School District officials relieved but still cautious about the future of their online elementary school, the Post-Crescent of Appleton reports. Wisconsin Connections Academy, Appleton’s virtual school for kindergarten through eighth grade, is one of 12 virtual schools enrolling about 3,400 students that faced possible closing after an appeals court ruled in December that the schools violated state laws. But the state Assembly voted 96-1 on March 11 to pass a plan that would change state laws to legalize the schools. Gov. Jim Doyle says he’s pleased a deal has been reached and will sign the bill. The Republican-controlled Assembly earlier had approved a bill to bring the schools in compliance with state laws while allowing them to keep growing rapidly. But the Democratic-controlled Senate included a two-year enrollment freeze in the bill it passed. State Rep. Brett Davis, R-Oregon, said the compromise allows the schools to increase to a permanent cap of 5,250 students, not counting siblings, who are guaranteed the opportunity to enroll…

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