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'Skyward' appeal petitions delivered to state capitol

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MADISON (WSAU)   Two state lawmakers handed petitions to several officials yesterday, urging them to reconsider having a Minnesota firm create a statewide database of school students. About four-thousand people signed the petitions online. They want Skyward of Stevens Point to provide the student database instead of Minnesota’s Infinite Campus – which was awarded a $15-million dcontract to do the work last month.

Senate Democrat Julie Lassa and Assembly Democrat Katrina Shankland, both of Stevens Point, presented the petitions to Governor Scott Walker, Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch, and state school Superintendent Tony Evers.

About half of Wisconsin school districts already use Skyward for their student databases. The lawmakers said it would cost schools thousands-of-dollars to convert to a new Infinite Campus system.

Skyward appealed the contract award, saying there were factors that were not considered. If Skyward gets the contract, it promises to add over 200 jobs. If not, the firm says it would have to leave Wisconsin.

Lawmakers voted last year to have a single vendor provide the school database. Lassa and Shankland have proposed a bill to reverse that, and let two software firms handle the project.

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