State Superintendent Evers asks for additional funding for special education

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APPLETON, Wis. (WLUK)-- State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and candidate for governor, Tony Evers is making a huge push for more public school funding.

At the annual public education network summit today he announced plans to ask for 969-million dollars for special education funding in the next state budget.

That's a 163-percent boost over current spending.

"We need to prioritize student mental health," Evers said, "we need to shatter the decade long freeze on special education funding, we need to restore our education system, and expand crucial student support service,"

Incumbent governor Scott Walker says the proposal is just another tactic to sway voters.

Evers said his request for more funding is to make Wisconsin public schools better, and has nothing to do with the August 14th primary election.