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Education Accountability Bill Clears Panel, Prospects Dim

Plan Would Allow Lawmakers To Have More Input In Education Policy

Children in a classroom
Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

A proposal designed to give the Republican-controlled Legislature more of a voice in the crafting of a Wisconsin state education accountability plan has won committee approval.

But its chances of passing the full Legislature are dim.

The Assembly Education Committee passed the measure Wednesday on a party-line vote, with all Republicans in support and Democrats against. But Senate Education Committee Chairman Sen. Luther Olsen said he won’t bring the bill up there because he doesn’t think it’s necessary.

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The proposal would require the state Department of Public Instruction to respond to any objections raised by members of the Assembly or Senate education committees to the accountability plan.

Olsen said lawmakers have been regularly consulted by the education department as it puts together the plan, making the bill unnecessary.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 26.