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Thursday, April 22, 2010

 7:37 PM 

Assembly backs education reform bill

The Assembly has concurred in SB 437, sending the superintendent bill to Gov. Doyle's desk.

The bill passed 50-47.

Republicans charged that the bill won't do anything to improve the targeted Milwaukee Public Schools, and chided Democrats for their education reform efforts.

Rep. Don Pridemore, R-Hartford, said the Assembly Education Reform committee hadn't met during the entire session, while Rep. Brett Davis, R-Oregon, said the most significant reform bills passed by Democrats revised sex ed standards and took on school mascots.

"The largest city in our state can either be a jewel or an anchor on our state," said Rep. Mike Huebsch, R-West Salem. "The seniors of today in Milwaukee were 5th graders when Gov. Doyle took office ... and yet it took essentially the promise of some money from Washington for them to realize the problem they have."

Some Milwaukee Dems, including Pedro Colon and Fred Kessler, said they would reluctantly support the bill despite not going far enough to help Latino and special needs kids, respectively.

But Rep. Christine Sinicki, D-Milwaukee, said, "If we're serious about fixing Milwaukee Public Schools, this is the bill we do it with."


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