STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A group of Wisconsin lawmakers is making a push to keep a Stevens Point company in our state. They've introduced a new bill that would allow multiple companies to sell information systems to Wisconsin schools.
Skyward is in the process of appealing the state's decision to award a multimillion dollar education contract to a Minnesota company.
State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) said the new bill, "Would require the state to have a multi-vendor system for the student information software rather than a single vendor."
She supports the new legislation and said the state should do everything it can to support local businesses.
"That way Skyward can continue to sell a very successful and popular product in the state of Wisconsin," she added.
Republican State Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) agreed.
"I don't see what's so bad about saying, you have a choice. You can do this or you can do that," he said.
Earlier this month, Minnesota-based Infinite Campus won the bid to create a statewide student information system.
State officials have said the process used to determine who would get the multimillion dollar contract was fair, but Skyward President Scott Glinski said the new proposal was better.
"The multi-vendor solution is what we wanted from day one," he said.
In the meantime, Skyward is appealing the decision.
"We feel very comfortable that we've found enough inconsistencies and flaws that are going to help us in our appeal process," Glinski said.
Wisconsin Superintendent Tony Evers told us this week that those concerns will be addressed.
"As we move forward, we're going to do the best we can to make sure Skyward's complaints and concerns are dealt with in a reasonable way," Evers said.
Local representatives said Skyward's product is good and its Wisconsin roots should be taken into account.
"They also have the potential to grow here," Lassa said.
"I honestly think it's the right thing to do," Spiros added.
Officials said right now, Skyward's software is being used by half the schools in Wisconsin.
Skyward officials have until Friday to complete the appeals process.
Lawmakers who introduced this new bill said they will now work to get support from other legislators to try and pass it.
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