Humphries calls for State Education Board and private takeover of targeted schools

State Superintendent candidate John Humphries said he wants to create a State Education Board to oversee the State Superintendent and that he “wants schools that persistently do not meet state standards to be converted into private voucher or charter schools, or a new model of public school or some other governance model.”

But State Superintendent Tony Evers, who is running for re-election, opposes both measures, saying the Superintendent’s office is an independent Constitutional office. Evers said the privatization plan was “like a back to the future — it’s something that failed. It’s No Child Left Behind, John Humphries’ version. It didn’t work back then with President George W. Bush and it’s not going to work with him.”

Humphries, former administrator of the Dodgeville School District, is one of three candidates opposing Evers in the February 21 Primary Election. The General Election is April 4. The other candidates include Lowell Holt, former superintendent of the Beloit School District. Rick Melcher, who failed to get enough signatures to get on the primary ballot, has registered with the Elections Commission as a write-in candidate.

The WEAC Board has announced it is strongly recommending Evers for re-election.

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Wisconsin superintendent candidate calls for state board

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s constitution should be amended to create a state school board that would oversee public education, a candidate running for state superintendent proposed Thursday. The purpose is to hold the state superintendent accountable, said John Humphries, a consultant to the Dodgeville school district and one of three candidates on the Feb.

State superintendent candidate in favor of converting low-performing schools

State Superintendent candidate John Humphries is in favor of creating a way to provide new administration for schools that persistently do not meet state standards and have longstanding gaps in academic achievement between groups of students.

Evers Campaign: Statement on creation of state board of education 
1/12/2017

The following statement is from Amanda Brink, campaign manager for State Superintendent Tony Evers’ re-election campaign.

“As State Superintendent, Tony Evers convenes and participates in dozens of advisory councils across our state. Consisting of over 600 Wisconsinites, they regularly provide new ideas and feedback from local communities and the schools they represent. These councils, combined with Tony’s school visits, help shape the policies implemented at DPI. Ensuring kids are front and center of our public education system is Tony’s priority.

We do not need more bureaucracy or more centralized control. The state legislature passes education laws, while the State Superintendent is directly accountable to the citizens. Our Founders debated this at length when writing our Constitution, and they wisely created an independent State Superintendent for a reason.”