Week Ahead Will Be An Eventful One At State Capitol

State Of The State, Major Policy Hearings Scheduled For The Coming Days

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Wisconsin state government has a busy week ahead, just one week removed from inauguration day.

It didn’t take long for Assembly Republicans to introduce their version of a school accountability bill, and already, they’ve scheduled a public hearing on the plan for Wednesday. The bill would turn persistently struggling public schools into charter schools.

Gov. Scott Walker has said he likes where lawmakers are headed with the bill. Democrats say the bill is a giveaway to private school interests.

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Also on Wednesday, the Legislature’s audit committee will hold a hearing on a recent audit of the Government Accountability Board. Republican leaders have said they plan an overhaul of the agency, possibly trading out its nonpartisan members for partisan appointees.

On Tuesday, Governor Walker will deliver his fifth State of the State Address. Walker said he’ll use the address to discuss plans to merge state agencies.