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Wisconsin Assembly passes education-reform bill

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The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a bill that would require kindergarten screening exams and teacher evaluations based partly on test scores as part of an initiative to improve student reading.

The bill passed Thursday in the Assembly by a vote of 80-14. It already passed in the Senate 20-13, so it now heads to Gov. Scott Walker's desk.

The measure is one of Gov. Scott Walker's top priorities but has drawn criticism from Democrats and state Superintendent Tony Evers. They have complained the plan does not bring charter schools and private voucher schools into the new accountability system. Walker and Republican bill sponsors say those changes weren't ready.

The bill was developed following the work last year of bipartisan task forces.

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