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PolitiFact Wisconsin: State superintendent race

Challenger Lowell versus incumbent Evers
Posted: 6:25 PM, Mar 31, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-31 19:25:26-04

Wisconsin voters decide Tuesday who should get the state's top education job. Superintendent Tony Evers is challenged by Lowell Holtz. PolitiFact Wisconsin puts statements from both candidates to the Truth-O-Meter.

Preparing high school students to be college ready is an important goal but is every school hitting the mark.
 
"Lowell Holtz said one third of Wisconsin high schools are missing the mark on graduating students who are college ready," said David Umhoefer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
 
While Holtz was correct saying the pass rate is 66 percent, some students did need remedial help with math. But PolitiFact Wisconsin says it doesn't necessarily mean they're not college ready.
 
"They were good enough to get accepted by the colleges even though they needed remedial help," Umhoefer said.
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this one Mostly False.
 
Superintendent Tony Evers also made a bold statement about the state of education in Wisconsin.
 
"He had found a study that showed that among teachers who are applying for jobs that less than 5 percent wanted to work in a rural school district," Umhoefer said.
 
But PolitiFact Wisconsin found Evers left out one key word in the draft study.
 
"That 5 percent group was actually the number of people who wanted to work ONLY in a rural school district," Umhoefer said.
 
That earned a False from PolitiFact Wisconsin.