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Governor comments on Skyward now that budget is signed


RHINELANDER, Wis. (WSAU) -- The Governor has broken his silence on the battle between Stevens Point based Skyward and the State of Wisconsin.

Skyward had appealed the award of a statewide single vendor student information software contract to competitor Infinite Campus, and was awaiting a decision from the Department of Administration to know if they would be forced to give up all Wisconsin clients.

Governor Scott Walker had only said before that the appeal had to run its course, and that he wanted Skyward to stay in Wisconsin. With the Joint Finance Committee stripping the single vendor funding, and Walker not using his veto pen, the Governor has made his position known. “We want them to be here, that the Department of Public Instruction in the old system was responsible for the bid on that. That’s been changed so there can be multiple providers, and to the extent that it keeps Skyward here in Wisconsin, we’re pleased with that.”

Walker says he’s more concerned with getting comparable school district data, which can be done with more than one software vendor. “We want, in terms of the policy, is the ability to have a way to measure one school district to the other to find performance, and as long as what they’re collecting is the same or similar, for us having multiple vendors is just fine.”

The Joint Finance Committee made the changes with support from members of both parties, and a little influence from members at the Republican State Convention held in Wausau. Delegates there unanimously supported multiple vendors for better competition in the free market.

Walker made his comments during a budget promotion tour stop in Rhinelander Tuesday.