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Despite approval by some lawmakers in Madison, Gateway Technical College isn’t looking to get into the charter high school business any time soon. Members of the Joint Committee on Finance last week approved a bill from Rep. Tom Weatherston, R-Caledonia, that would give Gateway the authority to establish tech ed charter high schools in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties. At the time, Gateway President Bryan Albrecht said he was unaware there was any measure even being considered and last Wednesday Stephanie Sklba told The Journal Times the school plans to continue working with initiatives already in place. “We’re going to continue to work with the secondary schools in the tri-county area to develop those successful partnerships,” she is quoted as saying. Sklba is Vice President for Community and Government Relations. Gateway has a program already in place with Racine Unified that allows high school students to earn college credits and/or certification in certain fields by the time they graduate. Whether or not the decision makes it into the final version of the state budget remains to be seen. Both the Senate and the Assembly have to approve the same version of the budget and then Gov. Scott Walker still needs to sign it.

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