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Wisconsin’s ESSA Plan Puts Power at Local Level

The task of turning around failing public schools would fall to local school boards and communities, rather than outside operators or state-mandated recovery districts, under Wisconsin’s plan to comply with the new federal education law, which was made public Monday.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers filed the plan with the U.S. Department of Education on Monday, just days after Gov. Scott Walker announced he would not sign it because it did not include some of the more aggressive reforms proposed by other states.

Evers, a Democrat looking to unseat the Republican governor in 2018, issued a statement Monday calling Walker’s announcement a political ploy. “Every single time Scott Walker has had to choose between doing what’s best for Wisconsin and his own political aspirations, he chooses himself,” Evers said.