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Committee delays budget proposal to help Skyward

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The committee that’s revamping the proposed state budget did not consider a request Tuesday that’s aimed at helping Skyward of Stevens Point.

The measure is expected to come up next week.

Assembly Republican Scott Krug of Wisconsin Rapids wants the Joint Finance panel to drop funding to have a single company provide a new statewide student database for Wisconsin’s public and charter schools.

Both Skyward and Infinite Campus of Minnesota current provide databases for local schools – and the budget measure could pave the way for both firms to have a slice of the statewide system.

Infinite Campus beat out Skyward for the state contract, but Skyward said the process was flawed and it’s asking the Walker administration to drop the award.

Krug believes there’s enough support among lawmakers to defund the single vendor contract, and let more than one firm have it.

Separate bills have also been proposed to help Skyward – which says it would have to leave Wisconsin if it doesn’t win at least a share of a state contract.