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The Latest: Spokesman: DPI confident in education plan

Posted September 13

— The Latest on Gov. Scott Walker objecting to an education accountability plan prepared by the state Department of Public Instruction (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

A spokesman for Wisconsin's state education department says the department is confident that its education accountability plan gives a "roadmap for success."

Tom McCarthy's comments come after Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday criticized the plan drafted by the Department of Public Instruction. Walker says the plan — required from every state under the Every Student Succeeds Act — is bureaucratic and won't change the status quo.

McCarthy says a "robust stakeholder process" was used to create the plan and it included the governor's office. He says the department looks forward to talking about the plan after it's submitted to President Donald Trump's administration on Monday.

Approval is up to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

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2:31 p.m.

Gov. Scott Walker is objecting to Wisconsin's education accountability plan drafted by a potential challenger in next year's election.

Walker sent a letter Wednesday to state Superintendent Tony Evers stating his objection to the Every Student Succeeds Act plan that is due to the federal government on Monday. Evers is running for governor as a Democrat in next year's election where Walker is expected to seek re-election.

Walker says in his letter to Evers that his proposal is "bureaucratic" and "does little to challenge the status quo for the benefit of Wisconsin's students."

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction spokesman Tom McCarthy says the state would respond to Walker's concerns when it submits its plan to President Donald Trump's administration on Monday.

Walker urges Evers in his letter to make Wisconsin a "reform leader" and submit a new plan.

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