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Republicans pushing new school accountability bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans are moving quickly on a school accountability bill, with plans for it to be introduced as early as next month.

Gov. Scott Walker has signaled he wants a bill passed early next year and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has also said it will be one of the first things the Legislature tackles.

The measure sank last session under concerns about how to sanction failing schools and test private school students using taxpayer-funded vouchers.

Republican Sen. Paul Farrow, of Pewaukee, says the draft he circulated last week would create a council to determine sanctions and rewards for schools. He says it would also allow for multiple tests to be taken, possibly relieving a concern of private schools who don't want to be forced to take a particular test.

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