MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- The newly-signed state budget was passed with a big change from the Joint Finance Committee that will have an impact on one central Wisconsin business, and a lot of jobs.
Governor Scott Walker did not veto the Joint Finance Committee changes to the Department of Public Instruction’s school information software from single-vendor to multi-vendor. That means school districts can keep what they have or select the software of their choice instead of being forced to switch to Infinite Campus products. The Department of Public Instruction had previously selected Infinite Campus to be the state's only provider in a single-vendor contract.
Skyward has the majority of Wisconsin’s districts as clients, and many districts feared the hidden costs behind the state mandated single-vendor system. This budget alleviates those fears and keeps Skyward in Stevens Point, where they plan to expand.
State Superintendent Tony Evers and Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch both supported the single-vendor approach. Governor Scott Walker would not comment on the issue while it was in the appeal process, but made his position known by saying nothing and signing the budget.
Republicans who gathered in Wausau for their state convention unanimously passed an amendment to an education measure supporting a multi-vendor system, to promote competition and local control.