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UPDATE: Evers delivers annual education address Thursday

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MADISON (WKOW) – State superintendent Tony Evers delivered his annual State of Education address on Thursday, saying there are "no more excuses" for private schools that accept taxpayer-funded voucher students.

 

Evers said those private schools must be a part of the state's accountability system. A proposal in the Legislature to do just that has run into opposition from private schools, in part because of the power it gives Evers and the Department of Public Instruction.

Evers also is using his speech delivered in the Capitol to defend Wisconsin's use of the Common Core curriculum, calling it "world class" and set higher expectations than ever before. Evers says the state owes it to students not to reverse course and "pull the rug out" from under them.

 

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MADISON (WKOW) – State superintendent Tony Evers will deliver his annual State of Education address on Thursday.

Evers will talk about the status of education in Wisconsin and present awards to outstanding teachers.

The speech comes in the middle of some big changes for Wisconsin's public school system.  So far in 2012, the voucher program has given students the opportunity to attend private schools using a taxpayer funded subsidy and expanded to 25 schools outside of Milwaukee and Racine.  Now the Legislature is debating ways to include data from those voucher schools into report cards to measure performance.

The debate over whether Wisconsin schools should use the national Common Core curriculum is also heating up, with Governor Scott Walker saying he believes the state can implement higher standards.

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