State Votes to Spend $7.1 on Student Information System

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A divided state budget committee voted to spend $7.1 million on a new student information system, with some lawmakers voicing concerns about data being collected by the state.

The Joint Finance Committee voted 8-7 on Wednesday to approve the money for the Department of Public Instruction.

Republican Rep. Dean Knudson, of Hudson, says he's worried about protecting student privacy and the Legislature should limit what information can be collected.

But Republican Sen. Luther Olsen, of Ripon, says information needs to be collected to improve school accountability.

The Legislature originally called for having a single vendor provide the information system and chose Minnesota company Infinite Campus over Stevens Point-based Skyward. Under pressure from Skyward, the Legislature last year reversed course and allowed for multiple companies to sell data collection systems.

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