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State Superintendent candidate Pridemore sides with Skyward in database fight


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Republican lawmaker who’s running for state school superintendent says he agrees that more than one company should provide a new database of Wisconsin students.

Don Pridemore says he’s puzzled by the awarding of a contract to a Minnesota firm to be the sole provider of the database. Both that firm and Skyward of Stevens Point provide software to help Wisconsin schools with their own student databases.

Skyward is appealing the statewide contract award to Minnesota’s Infinite Campus. And if it doesn’t win the appeal, Skyward says it would have to leave Wisconsin – and schools that use Skyward would have to spend up to a half-million dollars each to adjust to the Minnesota system.

Skyward’s two state legislators – Senate Democrat Julie Lassa and Assembly Democrat Katrina Shankland – have proposed a bill to allow two vendors.

Pridemore says he hasn’t read the bills – but if they do away with the single vendor, he’d support it.

Pridemore’s fellow Republicans in the Legislature voted in the last session to allow a sole supplier for the student database. State Superintendent Tony Evers defends the single vendor, saying it’s more efficient.