State Superintendent warns 'divisive mandates' are coming
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers says he fears "more divisive mandates" for public schools are on the way, and he is calling on the Legislature to "hit the pause button."
Evers made the comments Wednesday at the annual state education convention in Milwaukee, without elaborating on what he meant. His spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking details.
Evers, according to a transcript of his speech, told the group that "Backroom discussions lead me to believe that more divisive mandates, along with constrained revenue are on the way."
Gov. Scott Walker plans to release his two-year state budget to the Republican-controlled Legislature on Feb. 3.
The state faces a budget shortfall of up to $2.2 billion, which will make it even more difficult for schools to get more money.