The state of Wisconsin wants to make Minnesota-based Infinite Campus the single provider of a statewide student information systems (SIS) contract. The company, which presently serves about 10 percent of the school districts in the state, will have exclusive rights in the state.
Why does the state want to create a monopoly in this supposed era of smaller government? The action would effectively put Skyward, the Stevens Point-based school software company that already serves 50 percent of the school districts in the state, out of business in Wisconsin.
Scott Glinski, Skyward president, said if the state rejects Skyward’s appeal of Infinite Campus as the single provider, Skyward will move its headquarters from the state, perhaps to Texas or Washington, where the company is a partner in SIS programs. Skyward has been doing business in Wisconsin for more than 30 years and currently employs more than 385 people, 280 of them in Wisconsin. Losing those jobs in the state would be a blow to the local and state economy and the state’s job-creation rate, which already trail much of the nation.