Wisconsin company to appeal losing $15M contract
MADISON -- The Wisconsin company that lost out on a $15 million contract to run a student information system in the state's schools planned to file an appeal Friday, arguing that the process was flawed and should be reopened.
Skyward Inc., of Stevens Point, launched a very public and high-profile campaign after the state announced on Feb. 1 that the contract was going to Infinite Campus of Blaine, Minn. Skyward ran full-page advertisements in newspapers across the state Sunday and Tuesday saying it will have to leave the state if it doesn't get the contract.
The ad listed the 220 Wisconsin school districts that Skyward already serves and urged people to contact Gov. Scott Walker and the state Department of Public Instruction.
Also this week, three Democrats and one Republican in the state Legislature introduced a bill that would allow for more than one company to provide the service to schools, meaning Skyward could continue to operate in Wisconsin.
The new data tracking system is designed to make it easier for DPI to track information and for districts to collect and share information about students, including academic performance and demographic information.