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For voters, stark choice in education chief race

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MADISON (AP) -

The race for Wisconsin state superintendent has been dominated by debate over expanding private school vouchers, allowing armed volunteers in schools and allowing public schools to increase spending.

Incumbent Tony Evers faces Republican state Rep. Don Pridemore in the April 2 election. The race is officially nonpartisan, but Pridemore has Republican backers while Evers has support from Democrats.

Evers has served as head of the state Department of Public Instruction since 2009. He argues that his 36 years' experience in public education make him the better choice.

Pridemore has never worked in a public school but he says his experience serving on the Assembly's Education Committee has prepared him for the job. He worked as an electrical engineer before joining the Legislature in 2004.

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