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Senate to hold hearing on school accountability bill


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Failing public schools would have no sanctions under a bill scheduled for a public hearing before a state Senate committee.

Tuesday's hearing comes as the Senate, Assembly and Gov. Scott Walker are trying to find common ground on the issue that's proven difficult to solve in recent years.

Assembly Republicans have introduced a bill that would force failing public schools to become independent charter schools. Their bill also assigns letters grades to schools and allows private schools in the voucher program to take different tests than ones used in public schools.

The Senate bill to be heard Tuesday doesn't have any of those elements. But like the Assembly measure, it would not allowing failing voucher schools to accept new taxpayer-subsidized students.

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