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State Senator pushes to reverse new education rule

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) --  Skyward, a Stevens Point based company, provides software that helps educators keep track of student information, such as grades and attendance.

"Payroll, accounts payable, really anything administrators need. And on the student side, report cards," Skyward CEO Cliff King said.

Right now, the company provides software to half of the state's school districts. But, those contracts could be in jeopardy, after the Department of Public Instruction announced plans to require all districts to use the same company.

"It would save us money and make sure all the information was at the hands of the right people so we can make better decision," State Superintendent Tony Evers said.

Evers says the state hasn't selected a provider yet. But, Skyward is in the running.

"It's in the bidding process," Evers said.

But, without a decision, almost 300 employees at the company are waiting.

"If Wisconsin says we can't sell our product here...why would we stay? It doesn't make sense," King said.

If Skyward leaves, that could mean hundreds of people would lose their jobs or leave the area.  That's why State Senator Julie Lassa and Representative Louis Molepske introduced a bill. The bill aims to keep the current process intact, where districts can choose their own provider.

"It will increase competition and will keep these companies on their toes and save money for all the school districts," Sen. Lassa said.

But Evers disagrees, "Why would we create 424 separate information systems when we can have one. It's not good logic."

For now, it's a waiting game. Until the state decides which company will get the contract. 

 

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