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State schools Superintendent Tony Evers easily wins 2nd term over Rep. Pridemore


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers won a second term in Tuesday's election. He defeated Don Pridemore 61- to 39-percent.

Evers says his overwhelming victory is a clear sign that voters disagreed with many of the alternative approaches to public education that his opponent offered.

That includes challenger Republican state Representative Don Pridemore's proposal to allow armed volunteers to protect public schools.

“Making our schools into the wild west, I know parents will reject that” Evers said. 

Pridemore is a strong supporter of plans to expand voucher school programs in Wisconsin.

While Evers says he did agree with his opponent that serious issues face public education, however they have different goals for how to address the achievement gap in many of the state's school districts.

Evers will enter his second term already facing a battle over an expansion of private voucher schools.

While he admits the issue is worth discussing, he hopes it will be removed from the governor's state budget plan.