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State DPI rejects review of Skyward bid for statewide school computer system


A copy of the Department of Public Instruction's denial is attached to the story.

MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - Officials from the Department of Public Instruction have denied a review of the bid process on a statewide computer system for schools.

That request was placed by Skyward of Stevens Point after the state went with a Minnesota contractor for the program. In a statement today, the DPI said that a three person panel reviewed the protest from Skyward and found it without merit.

Skyward vice president of marketing Ray Ackerland says the department's response is still lacking. "They still failed to provide us any real information on how their calculation process works to justify the cost calculation process they came up with." Skyward claims that a program and bid offered by Infinite Campus of Minnesota would cost significantly more to school districts than they claim and that the DPI did not fairly review Skyward's bid.

Skyward will now have 5 days to appeal this decision with the Department of Administration. Ackerland says their appeal will have more information. "We've have quite a bit of information from Freedom of Information Act requests and when our appeal is finalized we'll have that information available to share."

Officials from the Department of Public Instruction declined further comment.