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The Problem of Tony Evers

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Where to begin? As the state's top education bureaucrat, Tony Evers has a been a reliable supporter of what Bill Bennett once memorably dubbed, 'The Blob," the educational establishment cartel. Evers has, for example, been an outspoken critic of Act 10 and has aligned himself with some of the more unhinged critics.

But despite that, Governor Scott Walker has seemed to go out his way to reach out to Evers, treating him with a deference that is rarely reciprocated. 

Evers is now gearing up to run for re-election and undoubtedly will claim that he is "non-partisan," and editorial boards will rush to assure voters that Evers is not an ideologue or toady for the status quo, but rather someone who can "reach across the aisle." 

This piece should complicate Ever's attempted makeover: (Via Media Trackers)


State Superintendent Tony Evers signed the petition to recall Governor Scott Walker on January 5, 2012 with his wife Kathleen, an educational technology assistant at the Verona Area School District as the circulator. Evers and his wife were two of over 900,000 Wisconsinites who signed the petition to recall Governor Walker last year in the wake of collective bargaining reforms that helped balance the state’s $3.6 billion budget hole.

Evers went on record early opposing the Act 10 reforms, penning a letter on February 15, 2011 to State Senator Alberta Darling and Rep. Robin Vos stating that “the collective bargaining changes simply go too far, are not necessary for balancing the budget, and should not be included in this bill.” While recognizing the need to change “the public employee benefits structure,” Evers implied his belief that the Act 10 reforms would “permanently harm our public schools.”

Superintendent Evers even participated in some of the union protests around the Capitol, carrying signs and speaking at a “vigil” on February 15, 2011.

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