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Race based nicknames may become harder to changeSubmitted: 10/16/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - The Wisconsin Assembly passes a bill making it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames.

They passed the measure 52-41 Tuesday.

The Senate was expected to take up the bill TODAY but GOP leaders later announced they'll consider the bill next month.

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 the person making the complaint 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)



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