Wisconsin Senate to vote on mascots bill

November 5, 2013 8:18:52 AM PST
The Wisconsin state Senate is set to vote on a bill that would make it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames and logos.

Right now the Department of Public Instruction must hold a hearing on a school's race-based nickname if the agency receives a single complaint. The school must prove the nickname doesn't promote discrimination at a hearing. DPI then decides whether the name must go.

The Republican bill would require a complainant to collect signatures equal to 10 percent of the school district's population to trigger a review. The complainant would have to prove discrimination to the Department of Administration, not DPI.

The Assembly passed the measure last month. The Senate is expected to take it up Tuesday afternoon.