Emily Files

State education chief and gubernatorial hopeful Tony Evers wants to put an additional $1.4 billion into public education over the next two years. The proposal is part of the Department of Public Instruction’s request for the 2019-2021 state budget.

Evers, a Democrat, heads the agency as state superintendent. The spending plan comes in the middle of a tight race between Evers and incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican.

According to test scores released by the Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin students overall have improved in math and reading.

State schools Superintendent Tony Evers says private schools that accept taxpayer funds must be part  of a statewide accountability system. A proposal pending in the state legislature to do that, is getting resistance from some private schools because of the power that would be granted to Evers' office. Tony Evers delivered his "state of education" address in Madison yesterday.  Evers also said he favors Wisconsin's use of the common core curriculum and says it sets higher standards than ever before.

According to the Dept. of Public Instruction, 88% of (1,910) schools met or exceeded expectations in 2012, while three percent (58 schools) failed to meet expectations.

Despite a state order and an appeals court ruling, the Mukwonago School Board has voted 8-1 to keep the district's nickname, Indians.