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State Senate takes on key issues today

The Wisconsin Senate has a busy day ahead.

Votes are scheduled on several high-profile issues including a compromise that would keep the state's online schools in business.

The measure basically nullifies a recent state Appeals Court ruling that barred state funding for virtual schools.

Under a legislative compromise the funding would continue at current levels and several steps would be taken to make the schools more accountable.

Also, senators plan to vote bills that would add cell phones to the state's Do Not Call list for telemarketers, require public schools to teach the history of organized labor and grant collective bargaining rights to University of Wisconsin faculty and staff members.

The Senate is also scheduled to vote on a bill that creates public financing for Supreme Court races with the goal of taking special interests out of the process.