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Wisconsin Assembly to take up major education reform Wednesday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It appears that the Wisconsin Assembly will act on a major education reform package that the leader of the other house has already rejected.

The Assembly's Education Committee has both a public hearing and a recommendation vote scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Supporters will try to advance a package that gives letter grades to schools -- and those which repeatedly fail must either close or become charter schools. Failing private schools with tax funded voucher students would not be able to take any more youngsters in the choice program.

Senate Education Committee chairman Luther Olsen of Ripon introduced a similar bill last week, but could not get the votes within his panel to endorse it.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says there's talk that Olsen would keep the current and more vague school grading system and scrap the letter grades. That's after Senate GOP leader Scott Fitzgerald said he did not want a vote this spring on a bill that requires sanctions. He said he would endorse a more limited data collection plan, and take the issue up again next year.

The Assembly package reportedly reflects Olsen's original bill, except that the bottom five percent schools would not automatically get "F's."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)