MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State superintendent Tony Evers says there are "no more excuses" for private schools that accept taxpayer-funded voucher students.
Evers said in his annual address about the state of education in Wisconsin that those private schools must be a part of the state's accountability system. A proposal in the Legislature to do just that has run into opposition from private schools, in part because of the power it gives Evers and the Department of Public Instruction.
Evers also is using his speech delivered in the Capitol to defend Wisconsin's use of the Common Core curriculum, calling it "world class" and set higher expectations than ever before. Evers says the state owes it to students not to reverse course and "pull the rug out" from under them.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) --State superintendent Tony Evers is scheduled to deliver his annual address on the status of education in Wisconsin.
Thursday's speech comes in the middle of big changes for Wisconsin's public schools.
This year the voucher program, which allows for students to attend private schools using a taxpayer funded subsidy, expanded to 25 schools outside of Milwaukee and Racine. And the Legislature is now debating ways to include data from those voucher schools into report cards like those used by public schools to measure performance.
The debate over whether Wisconsin schools should use the national Common Core curriculum is also heating up, with Gov. Scott Walker now saying he believes the state can implement higher standards.