Farrow says Legislature may take no action on accountability

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The Senate Education Reform Committee’s chairman agrees with his Republican colleague in the state Assembly that the Wisconsin Legislature may do nothing on school accountability this session.

Sen. Paul Farrow’s committee was scheduled to vote on a school accountability bill on Thursday but he took the bill off the agenda. The committee ultimately did nothing with it.

Republicans who control both the Senate and Assembly have been unable to reach a deal on an accountability bill. They’ve been hung up on a number of issues, most prominently whether and how to sanction low-performing schools.

Farrow’s bill contains no sanctions, while the Assembly’s does.

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt said Wednesday he doesn’t think a deal can be reached this year.