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Politifact Wisconsin: Tony Evers and education

Posted at 6:49 PM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 19:49:36-04

MILWAUKEE -- The former state superintendent-turned-Governor Tony Evers has always been big on education.

PolitiFact Wisconsin turns to the Flip-O-Meter to check his position on the voucher program.

Candidate Tony Evers made public school education a top priority in his campaign but questions remained over how supportive Governor Evers would be for the tax funded private school vouchers program.

"We're taking a look at Governor Tony Evers' position on the school voucher program specifically whether he's going to seek to phase it out in his first budget," said Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says Evers initially said he would not phase it out in his first budget.

Any effort to reduce the voucher program would be met by string resistance from Republicans

"It was no secret that Governor Evers wants to eliminate the program over time," said Borowski. "He's going to work with Republicans to do that but the Republicans are big sponsors at backers of the program so that's certainly in doubt."

PolitiFact Wisconsin found a line in Evers' budget that would eliminate funding for the special needs scholarship program

"That program (special needs) within the budget is being phased out. Governor Evers' staff says no look it's simply that we're not expanding this program anymore," said Borowski." "But when you look at what the budget says it says unless you're in this program next year, in future years you can't be added."

PolitiFact Wisconsin says that adds up Half Flip on the Flip O Meter