Assembly Republicans moving ahead with sanctions for schools

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MADISON (AP) — Assembly Republicans are moving ahead with plans to sanction failing Wisconsin public schools.

Assembly Education Committee Chairman Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt released the latest proposal Tuesday morning and planned to vote on it Thursday. The full Assembly could take it up later this month.

The latest proposal would impose sanctions on public schools that receive a D or F on school report cards for at least three years starting with the 2016-2017 academic year.

After three years, the school board would be required to either convert the public school into an independent charter school, reorganize the school or contract with an educating management agency for five years.

Private schools that have at least 20 students receiving taxpayer-funded vouchers would not be able to accept new students after three failing years.