Borsuk: Trump's budget abandons two bipartisan education efforts

One of the dividing lines between the candidates in the April 4 election for state superintendent of public instruction can be seen in reactions to the proposals.

Tony Evers, finishing his second term as state superintendent, was unhappy. He said he has visited many of the after-school centers and they do “great work.” He also said that cutting professional development funds would harm statewide efforts to improve teaching. "I think this is going to mean a downhill spiral for a lot of things” involving teaching quality if it happens, he said.

Evers also was critical of cutting off Americorps-supported programs that help low-income students get on track to go to college.

“Talk about being short-sighted,” he said. “That’s the exact group of kids we want to encourage.”

His opponent, Lowell Holtz, was generally favorable to the Trump plans. 

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