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Lawmakers: 4,000 sign petitions supporting Skyward

MADISON (WAOW) - Two central Wisconsin lawmakers say more than 4,000 people have signed petitions asking the state to reconsider its decision on a multimillion dollar statewide education contract.

State Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, and state Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, said Wednesday the petition, sent to Gov. Scott Walker, Department of Administration Secretary Michael Huebsch and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, says Skyward of Stevens Point should be able to sell its software to Wisconsin schools.

Last month, the state announced a $15 million contract to create a statewide student information system will go to a Minnesota company, Infinite Campus.

"People are angry. We are desperately hurting for jobs, and our state government is telling a successful Wisconsin company that wants to create hundreds of good-paying jobs that it can’t do business here," Lassa said in a statement. "At the same time, we’re saddling schools with the expense and chaos of abandoning software systems that are working well for them and complying with a state-mandated monopoly."

Skyward now provides information software to about half of Wisconsin's schools.

Skyward appealed the state's decision, claiming the bidding process and evaluation was biased in favor of the Minnesota company.

Lassa and Shankland are among legislators backing a bill that would permit schools to use information software from multiple vendors, including Skyward.

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