Durand (WQOW) - Just after his victory in Wisconsin's primary, State Superintendent Tony Evers visited Durand High School for Career and Technical Education Month.
Evers toured Durand's Technical Education, Agriculture Education and other classrooms as students highlighted their learning experiences in high school. Evers said support for public schools, like Durand, was why he walked away with a strong lead in Wisconsin's primary election, earning 70 percent of the vote while his opponent, Lowell Holtz, received 23 percent.
Incumbent state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers easily placed first in Tuesday's primary election, earning the right to defend his seat in the April 4 election against voucher advocate Lowell Holtz.
Evers, who is seeking a third four-year term, had about 69% of the vote. Holtz, a retired Whitnall School District superintendent, had 23%. And former Dodgeville administrator-turned-part time-consultant John Humphries was third with 7%.
The state's top education post, which pays $120,111 annually, is officially nonpartisan. But Tuesday's primary sets the stage for a quasi-partisan battle over the direction of education in Wisconsin. It pits a longtime public school advocate favored mostly by Democrats and teachers unions against a pro-school-choice, anti-Common Core candidate backed primarily by Republicans.
The real winners tonight are Wisconsin’s 860,000 public school kids -- the 8 year old girl in Tomah who needs just a little bit more help with her school work, the 5 year old who will learn to read this year in Green Bay, or the 12 year old in LaCrosse who loves music but is worried his school may cut the program due to funding.
Tonight is a victory for the kids, parents, teachers and Wisconsin’s public education system — and I am proud of where we are today. We have high graduation rates, suspensions are down, attendance is up, and the number of kids earning college credit in high school is at an all-time high.
Despite these successes, we have serious challenges facing our schools. A larger share of our kids live in poverty, one in five students has a mental health need, and we have a growing teacher shortage that is furthered by divisive rhetoric. Rural schools are facing declining enrollment and are struggling to keep the lights on.
We have a broken funding system that does not fulfill the promise of lifting all kids up through education. Funding public schools is not a Republican or a Democratic issue, it is our society’s moral obligation to care for our children. Education gives kids a ladder of opportunity, and every child, not just some, deserve the resources Wisconsin should invest in them: kids with two parents and a white picket fence, kids with special needs, kids of color and kids who come to school hungry.
I believe in Wisconsin’s public schools, and I believe that I’m the only candidate who voters can trust to put kids first each and every single day.
There is one state race that everyone can vote on, and that’s the race for superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction.
The incumbent, Tony Evers, is facing challenges from former teacher, principal and superintendent Lowell Holtz and former administrator and consultant John Humphries.
This is an important primary. If you don’t think so, consider the fact that one of the candidates discussed giving DPI authority over the Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Madison and possibly Green Bay school districts, including the ability to change school boards.
If you’re a fan of local control, you’re not a fan of that proposal. If you’re in the Green Bay School District, this would affect you.
I owe who I am today to Wisconsin’s public schools, and I am proud of where we stand. We have high graduation rates, suspensions are down, attendance is up, and the number of kids earning college credit in high school is at an all-time high.
But I don’t live in a bubble. We also have serious challenges. A larger share of our kids live in poverty, one in five students has a mental health need, and we have a growing teacher shortage furthered by negativity. Rural schools face declining enrollment and are struggling to keep the lights on. We have a broken funding system that does not fulfill the promise of lifting all kids up through education.
State superintendent candidate John Humphries offered to consider negotiating a consulting contract with opponent Lowell Holtz at the Department of Public Instruction if Humphries defeated incumbent Tony Evers, according to a copy of an email from Humphries.
The Dec. 23 email, which Humphries provided to the Wisconsin State Journal, suggests it was a response to a suggestion from Holtz a day earlier that one of the two candidates drop out of the race on condition the other give him a taxpayer-funded $150,000 job upon winning the state superintendent race.
A candidate for state superintendent offered an opponent a taxpayer-funded $150,000 job if he dropped out of the race and sought the same for himself if he were the one to drop out, his challenger alleged Wednesday.
Candidate John Humphries said in an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal that during discussions between him and opponent Lowell Holtz, Holtz proposed in writing that either he or Humphries should drop out in exchange for the guaranteed three-year job with the Department of Public Instruction should one of them defeat incumbent Tony Evers in the general election.
With the Feb. 21 primary election fast approaching, PolitiFact Wisconsin takes a look at two candidates for state school superintendent on a key issue:
The Common Core educational standards.
Did candidates John Humphries and Lowell Holtz, the challengers to incumbent Tony Evers, change their tune on the standards?
FCCLA State Officers, along with five other CTSO’s, learned about civic leadership and citizenship while meeting with and asking questions of legislators and government officials on career and workforce topics. The event was organized by an initiative known as “all CTSO,” which is a partnership of Wisconsin Career and Technical Education Student Organizations.
"Wisconsin’s Career and Technical Student Organizations have a long and proud tradition of serving students, “ said state Superintendent Tony Evers. “By participating in these organizations and events like CTSO Government Day, students are learning about citizenship, teamwork, and other leadership skills that will help them graduate from high school ready for both college and careers”.
Governor Walker has proposed significantly increasing state support for public schools, but the bulk of the increase would be distributed to school districts in a way that does not take into account the challenges faced by districts with high numbers of students coming from families with low incomes.
Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers has praised some components of the proposal, but cautioned the Governor about providing an increase in state aid on a flat per-student basis, saying “If you’re giving a wealthy district the same amount as a poorer district … over time that takes a toll.”