In an address to the Wisconsin Public Education Network’s fourth annual Summer Summit at Appleton North High School Wednesday morning, State Superintendent and Gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers announced his budget request for the state’s public education system.
The request is for the 209-2021 budget, and includes sharp increases in spending.
A major portion of the request is a $600 million increase for special education, which Evers says is necessary, as the state’s special education spending has not increased in the past decade.
“School districts have a moral and legal obligation around kids with disabilities,” Evers told Local 5. “Essentially it creates problems for school boards and school districts to figure out how they’re going to fund the programs they absolutely by law have to fund, and other programs.”
Evers’ request must be approved by the winner of the 2018 Gubernatorial election, a role Evers hopes he will be the next to fill.
“There are certain things that I can and cannot do as State Superintendent,” he said. “[The] governor is in a position to make things happen, in a more robust and important way.”
Evers is one of eight democratic candidates vying to take on Governor Scott Walker in the November general election.