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State public school superintendent candidates take jabs at each other


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The two candidates for Wisconsin public school superintendent took jabs at each other about their qualifications Wednesday, right after they filed their nomination papers.

Incumbent Tony Evers says he has 36 years of experience as a teacher and a school administrator – and Assembly Republican Don Pridemore cannot match that.

But the Hartford Representative says he’s a father, and he has served on the Assembly’s Education Committee.

Pridemore said school safety should be handled by the individual districts as they see fit – but he says he won’t discuss any other policy ideas until he formally rolls them out during the next few weeks.

Evers has spent 4 years as the head of the state Department of Public Instruction -- and he wants another four years so he can keep working on a new way to pay for Wisconsin’s public schools.

Assuming both filed adequate signatures, they’ll face each other in the April 2nd general election.