September 12, 2018
[Madison, WI] — Tony Evers’ record as the head of the Department of Public Instruction is abysmal. He’s repeatedly promised voters that he’ll address the achievement gap between white and minority students, yet fails to deliver any meaningful progress. Earlier this week, Governor Walker called Evers out for his failures.
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Scott Walker and Tony Evers blame each other for lack of progress on black students’ performance
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 10, 2018
Wisconsin’s massive gap in academic performance between its black and white students is under the spotlight of the governor’s race as the candidates blame each other for not doing more to address the persistent problem.
Wisconsin has held the distinction among states of having the largest gap in academic performance between its black and white students by some measures and that disparity has only shrunk slightly in the past 10 years, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
“After calling the effort to close Wisconsin’s achievement gap a priority and promising significant improvement, Tony Evers has FAILED to make notable progress in his 9+ years in office,” Gov. Scott Walker tweeted on Monday of his Democratic challenger.
Evers released an 84-page report in 2014 with recommendations for school districts to help address poor academic performance by black students — one product of the task force.
“In the wake of Evers’ failed task force, Evers has left Wisconsin with only excuses,” a Walker campaign spokesman said, citing comments Evers has made tying the gap to the loss of good paying jobs and to poverty.
Walker criticized Evers for the state’s massive gap in academic achievement between white and black students after rejecting a school funding overhaul proposal from Evers four times in the past eight years that was aimed, in part, to address black student performance.
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