- Changing the names of school mascotts some consider offensive may soon be harder.
Last night the Wisconsin Senate approved a bill changing requirements to force public schools to drop American Indian Nicknames.
It passed 17 to 16.
Currently, the state Department of Public Instruction must hold a hearing on a school's race-based nickname if one person complains about it.
The school must prove the nickname DOESN'T promote discrimination.
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 student population to trigger a review and would have to prove discrimination.
The Department of Administration, not DPI, would make the final call.
(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)
Written By: Associated Press