School mascot bill moves forward in the Senate Submitted: 11/06/2013
MADISON - 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)

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