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Wisconsin School Standards Bill All but Dead

Created: 03/06/2014 10:25 AM WDIO.com

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A bill that would give the Legislature power to write and approve Wisconsin's academic standards is all but dead in the state Senate.

The chairman of the Senate's Education Committee, Sen. Luther Olsen, told The Associated Press on Thursday that at least five Republican senators oppose the measure. That would leave the bill at least four votes shy of the 17 needed to pass.

Olsen says it's up to the bill's sponsors to tell him they have the votes for it to pass before he will have the committee take action on it.

His comments come less than two hours before education leaders from around the state are expected to testify against the bill in a public hearing.

Gov. Scott Walker supports the bill.

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