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Schools accountability bill gets hearing

MADISON, WI(AP) - A state Senate committee is taking testimony on a proposal that would kick poor-performing schools out of the state's taxpayer-subsidized voucher program.

So far the Republican-backed bill is generating little support in the Legislature and it appears unlikely to go far as introduced.

Still, the Senate Education Committee planned a hearing Thursday.

The bill would require for the first time that private schools in the voucher program report a wide range of performance information to the state.

It would also give a score to every public, charter and voucher school based on data collected during the 2014 academic year.

The bill would also create a series of consequences for schools that under-perform three years in a row, including restructuring, closing, revocation of charter or removal from the voucher program.

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