NEW INFORMATION: Wis. Senate passes school accountability bill

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a limited school accountability bill that would not impose sanctions on poor performing public or private voucher schools.

The vote Tuesday comes as the Assembly is reviving another bill that would call for closing poor performing public schools and stopping private schools from accepting students who receive taxpayer subsidized vouchers.

The measure passed by the Senate on a 29-3 vote would require any school that takes taxpayer money to report test scores and other data to be included on report cards starting in the 2015 school year.

Democratic opponents say the bill doesn't go far enough to hold voucher schools accountable. Republican sponsor Sen. Luther Olsen says he doesn't know if there's support in the Senate for the more expansive Assembly bill.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) --The Republican sponsor of a limited school accountability bill slated to pass the state Senate says he isn't giving up yet on reaching a deal for a more comprehensive approach that includes sanctions for poor performers.

The bill up for a vote Tuesday would require any school that takes public money to report a variety of data to the state Department of Public Instruction starting in the 2015 school year

But the bill has no sanctions for poor performers and does not assign letter grades to schools, like a proposal in the Assembly would do.

Sen. Luther Olsen says talks are now focused on a compromise where letter grades would not be assigned, but poor performing schools could be shut down or kicked out of the voucher program.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate plans to vote on a limited school accountability bill that doesn't impose sanctions or assign letter grades to public and private choice schools.

The measure up for a vote Tuesday garnered bipartisan support in the Senate Education Committee last week, but it's unclear whether it has the support to pass the Republican-controlled Assembly where Speaker Robin Vos and others are backing a more comprehensive accountability bill.

But senators who support the bill say the more limited approach is all that can pass this year.

The proposal would require any school that takes public money to report a variety of data to the state Department of Public Instruction starting in the 2015 school year.


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