Wisconsin Assembly delays vote on school sanctions bill
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Assembly Republicans are once again delaying action on a bill imposing sanctions on failing public schools in the hopes of reaching a compromise with the state Senate.
The bill that could lead to converting public schools into charter schools and firing teachers was scheduled for a committee vote Thursday with the full Assembly taking it up next week.
But Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke said Wednesday that the vote is being delayed in the hopes that a deal can be reached with the Senate, which has not endorsed sanctions. Gov. Scott Walker has also not supported sanctions.
Assembly Education Committee chairman Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt says Sen. Paul Farrow, who had been against sanctions, has told him he is open to the idea.