Wis. Senate approves school mascots bill
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican bill that would make it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames has cleared the Wisconsin Legislature.
The state Senate approved the bill 17-16 Tuesday. The Assembly approved the proposal last month. It goes next to Republican Gov. Scott Walker
Under current state law the Department of Public Instruction must hold a hearing on a school's race-based nickname if the agency receives a single complaint. The school must prove the nickname doesn't promote discrimination at a hearing. DPI then decides whether the name must go.
The bill would require a complainant to collect signatures equal to 10 percent of the school district's population to trigger a review. The complainant would have to prove discrimination to the Department of Administration rather than DPI.