Evers makes nonpartisan pitch over Holtz

State Superintendent Tony Evers is pitching himself as the candidate who can best work with school boards across the state, saying he’s worked with liberal, conservative and moderate board members over his career.

Evers made the comment during a forum Wednesday with his challenger Lowell Holtz. The event was hosted by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.

The race is officially nonpartisan but Holtz is generally supported by conservatives while Evers has backing of Democrats.

“I believe our public school system has failed our children, especially our minority urban youth,” Holtz said. “The graduation rates and achievement gaps are among the worst in the nation.”

Evers is completing his eighth year as state superintendent and says, “You know me and I know you, that’s the important thing. I see the work you do across Wisconsin to prioritize kids to not make it a Republican or Democrat issue. It’s a kid issue.”

Holtz is a former public school superintendent and he supports the expansion of the private school voucher program. Holtz calls Evers and co-workers at the Department of Public Instruction a “bureaucratic bunch.”