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Thursday, March 4, 2010

 11:06 AM 

Taylor on Race to the Top: "We missed the boat"

Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, tried to conclude a special session on MPS reform following the announcement that Wisconsin will not get first-round Race to the Top funds.

The session, called for by Gov. Jim Doyle in December, has continued for months as Democrats fail to find agreement on how to reform the ailing district. Doyle and Taylor are proponents of changing the governance system of the district to give the mayor the power to hire the superintendent and broad budget powers.

Taylor, who co-authored a bill for mayoral control, said she planned to talk with mayoral control opponent Sen. Spencer Coggs, D-Milwaukee, and come up with a solution. But for the time being, the special session should end.

"We have failed," Taylor said.

"We might as well adjourn the special session because we missed the boat," Taylor said. "The ship is gone."

UPDATE: On a voice vote, the Senate closed out the special session.

The Assembly attempted to close the special session in January, but legislative rules require that both houses close a session within three days of each other.


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