Skyward petition nets 4,000 names
Written by Stevens Point Journal Media
Two local legislators on Wednesday distributed a petition in support of Skyward Inc. to a number of state officials.
Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, and Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, sent a petition with more than 4,000 signatures to Gov. Scott Walker, Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch and state Superintendent Tony Evers.
The petition asks Walker and the DOA to reconsider the decision to deny Stevens Point-based Skyward from selling software to schools in the state.
The Department of Administration announced Feb. 1 it had selected Minnesota-based Infinite Campus to be the state’s sole provider of student information for the state student information systems.
Skyward was the only Wisconsin-based firm to bid for the contract, which could grow from $15 million to $80 million over the next decade. The company is appealing the decision to the DPI, then could appeal to the DOA. If those are unsuccessful, a legal challenge is possible.
“People are angry. We are desperately hurting for jobs, and our state government is telling a successful Wisconsin company that wants to create hundreds of good-paying jobs that it can’t do business here,” Lassa said in a news release. “At the same time, we’re saddling schools with the expense and chaos of abandoning software systems that are working well for them and complying with a state-mandated monopoly.”
The petition signatures were collected online at Change.org by Watertown resident Paul Zdroik. In addition to central Wisconsin, signatures came from other communities across the state, including Madison, West Allis, Eau Claire and Janesville.
“The integrity of our democracy depends on the voices of the people, and today over 4,000 Skyward supporters made their voices heard. The state should consider Central Wisconsin jobs and protect the interests of our taxpayers and public schools,” Shankland said.
Lassa and Shankland were part of a bipartisan group of state legislators to introduce a bill last month creating a multivendor system for student information system. That group included Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink, D-Milladore, and Rep. John Spiros, R-Marshfield.