- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Republican state senator says he does not believe the state can force failing public schools to be converted into independent charter schools.

Sen. Paul Farrow made his comments Tuesday while testifying in support of a measure he introduced that does not include sanctions. Assembly Republicans are backing a different approach with sanctions.

Gov. Scott Walker has said he does not support sanctions and wants to provide information for parents to decide where to send their children.

Republicans who control the Legislature haven’t been able to agree on what approach to take.

The Assembly bill also assigns letters grades to schools and allows private schools in the voucher program to take different tests than ones used in public schools.

The Senate bill does not have any of those elements.

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