NEW INFORMATION: Assembly to pass limited accountability bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Assembly plans to pass the same limited school accountability bill that cleared the Senate, giving up on a more expansive plan that included creating sanctions for failing schools.

Republican Rep. Jim Steineke says he wanted to pass the more comprehensive bill but it wasn't going to pass the Senate. So, instead of having nothing pass this year, Steineke says it's better for the Assembly to go along with the Senate version.

The Senate version simply requires all schools that take public money to have performance data and other information included on report cards for the public to see. It does not include any sanctions.

Steineke says he and Sen. Paul Farrow will lead a working group to come up with a new proposal next year.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans who control the Wisconsin state Assembly are trying to strike a last-minute deal on a school accountability bill.

Rep. Jim Steineke says he is still trying to find a bill that can pass the Assembly on Thursday as well as clear the Senate. Thursday is the Assembly's last day in session for the year.

Steineke wants a bill that puts in place sanctions for poor-performing schools that take public money. But the Senate passed a bill without sanctions and leaders have said there's no interest to do more than that.

Steineke says talks will continue over the next 12 hours or so as the Assembly is in session.

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