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Voters back Evers as state schools superintendent

Published On: Apr 02 2013 09:40:43 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 02 2013 10:01:11 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Tony Evers has won a second four-year term as Wisconsin state superintendent.

Evers defeated Republican state Rep. Don Pridemore in Tuesday's election.

The race to head the state Department of Public Instruction is nonpartisan, but Democrats and unions supported Evers. Pridemore's backing came from fellow Republicans.

The candidates differed on nearly every major issue in the race.

Evers supports increasing public school funding, opposes Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand private school vouchers and advocates allowing school spending to increase.

Pridemore supports expanding the school voucher program and doesn't believe public schools should be allowed to spend any more than they are now. He also called for allowing armed volunteers in schools as a safety measure, which Evers opposed.

Evers said his re-election victory as state superintendent shows voters support public education and oppose efforts backed by Walker to expand private school vouchers.

Evers told The Associated Press that he believes he won because of his message for more funding for public schools and against the voucher expansion plan. Evers said he also built a broad coalition of support across the state that helped him win a second term.

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