MADISON (WKOW) -- Poor-performing public schools would be forced to close under a sweeping accountability bill up for a public hearing before the Wisconsin state Assembly Education Committee.
The hearing Wednesday on the Republican-sponsored bill comes even as the Senate is taking a different approach to school accountability and not pursuing sanctions for poor performance.
The Assembly bill would assign a grade to all publicly funded schools and failing public schools would be forced to close. Failing private schools that accept students who receive taxpayer funded vouchers would not be allowed to take any more voucher students.
Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the Senate will pursue a more limited approach focused on ensuring that voucher school data is collected and reported. He says further action could be taken next session.
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