Governor OKs bill ending SAGE program


July 2, 2015


MADISON Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill to end Wisconsin's classroom SAGE program.

The Student Achievement Guarantee Program provides aid to schools that maintain an 18-to-1 or 30-to-2 teacher-student ratio for poor students in kindergarten through third grade. Schools enter into five-year contracts under the program.

The bill prohibits new SAGE contracts or renewals beyond one-year extensions for deals expiring at the end of this school year.

In SAGE's place the measure creates a program called Achievement Gap Reduction.

That program would allow existing SAGE schools to earn aid by implementing tutoring, coaching for teachers or maintaining SAGE class ratios. Unlike SAGE, all participating grades wouldn't have to meet the ratios.

The Assembly passed the bill in June. The Senate passed it in May.


Associated Press