UPDATE: Wisconsin Assembly Approves Mascots Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would make it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames.

The Assembly passed the measure 52-41 Tuesday. The Senate was expected to take up the bill Tuesday but GOP leaders later announced they'll consider the bill next month.

Currently, the state Department of Public Instruction must hold a hearing on a school's race-based nickname if one person complains about it. The school must prove the nickname doesn't promote discrimination. DPI then decides whether the name must go.

The bill would require a complainant to collect signatures equal to 10 percent of the school district's student population to trigger a review and would have to prove discrimination. The Department of Administration, not DPI, would make the final call.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Legislature is scheduled to vote on a bill that would make it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames.

Both the Senate and Assembly are expected to vote on the Republican bill Tuesday.

Currently, the state Department of Public Instruction must hold a hearing on a school's race-based nickname if the agency receives a complaint from one person. The school must prove the nickname doesn't promote discrimination. DPI then decides whether the name must go.

The bill under consideration requires a complainant to collect signatures equal to 10 percent of the school district's student population to trigger a review and would have to prove discrimination. The Department of Administration, not DPI, would make the final call.


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