Tony Evers

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.

Rachel Morello

A new national education policy is taking shape.

It’s called the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. As of December, it replaces No Child Left Behind as the nation’s cornerstone education law.

ESSA is a big deal. It’s a blueprint that lays out what states can and can’t do in terms of K-12 public education policy.

Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers opposes a proposal to change how the state selects its head of the Department of Public Instruction. He made his case Thursday in his annual State of Education address.

The address is a time for the superintendent to point out the year's highlights and challenges in public education. But the battle over Evers' job stole the show.

He insisted the position should remain an elected one.