MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly's Education Committee has deadlocked on passing a bill designed to protect student data. The Wednesday vote to pass the bill tied at 5-5, meaning it cannot advance. One member, Republican Rep. Jessie Rodriguez, was absent but could vote later.
The measure grew out of a task force that examined the effect of Common Core academic standards in public schools. The bill would impose restrictions on the state Department of Public Instruction and any private entity that collects student data. All four committee Democrats and Republican Rep. Steve Nass voted against passage. The committee was originally scheduled to also vote on a bill that banned the collection of biometric data from students, like fingerprints and eye scans, but that was removed because changes are still being discussed.