9/30 Assembly Bill Could Rewrite Rules on Mascot Objections

State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced on Thursday that he would be introducing a piece of legislation in the near future that would make it harder to force schools to drop a race-based mascot. Currently, the Department of Public Instruction can order districts to make the change based on a single complaint. Vos and fellow Republicans are proposing a bill that would require districts to show a mascot is actually discriminatory, rather than simply offensive to some people. The Department of Public Instruction currently reviews complaints, but the bill would shift that responsibility to the Department of Administration. In Kewaskum, school administrators like Kewaskum High School principal Bill Loss can appreciate the tradition and hopes the legislature can find an agreeable solution, but until told otherwise the name Indians will remain. The bill if passed  would require a petition to remove a mascot to be signed by a number of district residents equal to 10-percent of the student population. It would also have the Department of Administration review challenges, instead of the Department of Public Instruction.

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