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School accountability bill approved by Senate committee

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A bill that tries to make Wisconsin schools more accountable, without punishing them, was endorsed Thursday by a state Senate committee.

The education panel voted 8-1 to make all schools which get tax money report a slew of data to the state -- and you could see it all in the state's report cards that are currently given to public schools.

The bill would force private schools to submit their student performance data, if they receive state-funded vouchers to teach low income kids as part of the long-running choice program.

The voucher and charter schools are already required to start reporting such data in the 2020 school year. The new bill speeds that up to 2015.

The Senate's GOP leader vowed to propose a limited school accountability package, after proposed sanctions for the worst performing schools attracted heavy opposition.

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald favored a limited package now, with a possible reconsideration of sanctions in the next session.

Republican Governor Scott Walker has insisted that some type of school package be adopted before lawmakers adjourn for the year in April.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)