Republican lawmakers differ on state superintendent race

Republican state lawmakers who head committees charged with overseeing education policy in Wisconsin disagree on who should be the next state superintendent.

Two challengers to Superintendent Tony Evers have garnered support from conservatives as they try to unseat Evers, who is backed by Democrats and teacher unions. The race is officially nonpartisan, but support in Evers’ past two runs has largely broken down along party lines.

That makes it all the more surprising that Republican Sen. Luther Olsen, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, is backing Evers and not challengers John Humphries or Lowell Holtz.

“I just am not sure we need a change,” Olsen told The Associated Press in an interview this week. “I don’t see a need.”

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