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GOP lawmaker pushes for funding removal of statewide school database

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Republican lawmaker says he’ll try to remove funding in the new state budget for a single contractor to provide a statewide database of Wisconsin public school students.

Assembly Republican Scott Krug of Wisconsin Rapids announced the effort Thursday, after the state’s education department rejected an appeal from Skyward of Stevens Point.

Skyward said it should have been awarded a contract to build the new database instead of the Minnesota firm of Infinite Campus, saying there were factors that the Department of Public Instruction did not consider.

The DPI said Skyward’s complaint lacked merit, and the state acted legally in awarding the contract to another firm.

Assembly Democrat Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point says the DPI’s rejection will be appealed to the state Administration Department.

Skyward has said it would leave Wisconsin if it doesn’t win the contract, and the state would lose hundreds of jobs.

Both Skyward and Infinite Campus currently provide student databases to local districts, and Krug is among a group of central Wisconsin lawmakers proposing a bill to allow two vendors to provide the statewide system.

Shankland said the bill was introduced almost two months ago, but the leadership has not scheduled a public hearing on it. Krug says he believes there’s enough support among his Assembly colleagues for a two-vendor system.

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