State Supreme Court sides with superintendent on rule-making authority

The Wisconsin Supreme Court Wednesday rejected an attempt by Governor Walker and the Republican Legislature to usurp power from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In a 4-3 ruling, the court upheld and preserved the Superintendent’s constitutional role in supervising public instruction in Wisconsin, consistent with longstanding precedent. The ruling struck down key parts of Act 21, passed in 2011, which gave the governor’s office more input on the administrative rules written by state agencies.

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