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Superintendent candidates disagree on school spending

The two candidates for state public school superintendent disagree on whether schools need more tax dollars.

Incumbent Tony Evers and state Assembly Republican Don Pridemore debated the funding issue and others this week at a meeting in Madison of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.

Evers, who's seeking his second four-year term, says the schools' state-mandated revenue limits should rise by $225 dollars per student over the next two years. But Pridemore supports Governor Scott Walker's plan to freeze school spending, and give a small amount of school aid to taxpayers so they can decide in referendums whether the schools deserve it.

Pridemore says budgets are tight, and schools should not expect the ability to spend more. Pridemore also supported the Republican governor's plan to expand private-school vouchers to nine additional school districts - a plan many GOP senators want to scale back.