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Monday, December 3, 2012

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Rep. Pridemore announces run for state superintendent

Rep. Don Pridemore, R-Hartford, formally announced his candidacy for state superintendent today, saying he was running to cut bureaucratic red tape in the state's K-12 schools.

Pridemore, who sits on the Assembly Education committee, said that the Department of Public Instruction is putting forth too many road blocks in front of Wisconsin school children and that the state is "failing far too many of them."

"I've witnessed the leaders of our schools becoming frustrated at too many unnecessary programs, too many mandates and far too many special interest groups all at the expense of Wisconsin kids," Pridemore said. "Today is the day that we recognize that the only special interest groups that matter are the children of Wisconsin."

Pridemore said that current State Superintendent Tony Evers could only do so much when he is supported by the state teachers unions.

Pridemore also praised the efforts of Gov. Scott Walker to cut collective bargaining and the Legislature's efforts to expand school choice, but would not say whether he would push for further expansion during his campaign. Pridemore also declined to answer any policy-related questions, saying he would roll out his positions on a range of issues in the coming weeks. -- By Jason Smathers


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