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State Superintendent hopes Fair Funding proposal makes Governor's budget


WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -  The state’s incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction did some campaigning and fundraising in Wausau Tuesday night.  Dr. Tony Evers spoke to supporters at Wausau’s Great Dane restaurant.

Evers says this particular race is always in the spring, which can be a challenge for reaching the voters and getting them to the polls.  "It's always a low-turnout election, and so we have to make sure we get people to the polls, get people engaged in the issues, and also raise funds so we can get our message out.”

The Superintendent is promoting his Fair Funding for our Future plan, which is has some changes in how Wisconsin’s public schools would receive state funding. Evers is hoping Governor Walker’s budget next week addresses this plan.  "We're really hoping to get some traction in this next budget.  Basically, what it does is gaurantees funding for every kid in the state and it also makes the system more transparent, and it shifts funding to districts that have higher poverty, because they have greater needs and frankly, the people in districts that have high poverty have a more difficult time paying their taxes.”  The Fair Funding for our Future plan would affect public school funding and charter schools operated by public districts.

Evers is optimistic he’ll find some common ground in the Governor’s budget, but he's prepared to work with the Legislature to help them understand the needs of the public schools.

Superintendent Evers is optimistic about his reelection campaign. A recent report did show him ahead of challenger Don Pridemore in fundraising, but so far there are no polls indicating who has the voter’s support.