Wis. candidate won't force schools to drop mascots

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin schools superintendent candidate Don Pridemore says he won't force schools to drop American Indian mascots.

State law gives the Department of Public Instruction the authority to force schools to drop race-based nicknames, logos and mascots if a complaint is filed and the agency determines the names or images are discriminatory. Parents in the Mukwonago Area School District, which uses the nickname Indians, have asked the state Supreme Court to find the law unconstitutional.

Pridemore, a Republican who currently serves in the state Assembly, issued a statement Thursday calling the policy an example of out-of-control bureaucracy.

A spokeswoman for Pridemore's opponent, incumbent Superintendent Tony Evers, had no immediate comment.

The two will square off in the April 2 spring election.