Tony Evers

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Tony Evers
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Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
April 7, 2009 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 6
PredecessorElizabeth Burmaster
Base salary$120,111
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 2, 2013
First electedApril 7, 2009
Campaign $$314,854
Term limitsNone
High schoolPlymouth High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison (1973)
Master'sUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison (1976)
Ph.D.University of Wisconsin-Madison (1986)
Date of birthNovember 5, 1951
Place of birthPlymouth, WI
ProfessionEducator, administrator
Office website
Campaign website
Tony Evers (b. November 5, 1951, in Plymouth, Wisconsin) is the current Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction. He was first elected to the nonpartisan position on April 7, 2009 and is now serving his second consecutive term as superintendent, having recently won re-election on April 2, 2013.[1][2] Evers overtook solo challenger Don Pridemore (R) in the general election to win his second four-year term in the office of Wisconsin's chief education official.

In his capacity as superintendent, Evers is responsible for providing leadership to Wisconsin's public school districts, providing the public with information about school management, attendance, and performance, licensing the state's teachers and receiving and disbursing federal aid for schools.[3]

Before becoming superintendent, Evers gained experience in the education field through jobs ranging from classroom teacher, principal, school district administrator, CESA administrator and deputy state superintendent.[4][4]


Evers is a life-long Wisconsin resident. Born in Plymouth, he graduated from Plymouth High School and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin in Madison for each of his three degrees. He now holds a B.A., MEd and PhD in Educational administration.

Evers began his career as a classroom teacher, and has since worked as a principal, school district administrator, CESA administrator, and deputy state superintendent.[4]


  • Plymouth High School
  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MEd, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • PhD, Educational administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison[4]

Political career

Superintendent of Public Instruction (2009-present)

Evers took office as state education superintendent on April 7, 2009.[4]

ACT test requirement proposal

Evers put forth a proposal on September 12, 2012 to have all students take the ACT as well as three other tests. In order to remove the cost barrier for students, he plans to ask Gov. Scott Walker (R) for $7 million in the next two-year budget to cover the expense.[5] The governor's next budget proposal will be released in early 2013.[6] Currently, 4 of every 10 Wisconsin students do not take the ACT, which is a requirement for most colleges in the Midwest. The three other tests would replace the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination, which is used to comply with federal testing requirements. "It makes sense to use the ACT to fulfill state and federal testing requirements at the high school level with an exam package that provides so much more than the WKCE: college and career readiness assessments and a college admissions test score," Evers stated.[7]

Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction (2001-2009)

Evers served as Wisconsin's Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2001 to 2009.[8]



See also: Wisconsin state executive official elections, 2013

Evers won re-election on April 2, 2013.

  • General election
Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTony Evers Incumbent 61.1% 487,030
     Nonpartisan Don Pridemore 38.7% 308,050
     Scattering Various 0.2% 1,431
Total Votes 796,511
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (dead link).

Race background

Incumbent Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers ran successfully for re-election in 2013.[1]

Unlike previous elections where multiple individuals filed to run, only one challenger submitted the necessary signatures required to appear on the ballot before the filing deadline passed on January 2, 2013, thus negating the need for the scheduled February 19, 2013 primary election.[9][10] The two instead faced off in the general election on April 2, 2013, which Evers won handily.[11]

Campaign themes

On his campaign website Evers outlines the following three issues:[12]

  • Ensuring Every Child is a Graduate: "Tony adopted higher standards, better assessments and new student supports to ensure all kids are college and career ready. He will continue to work with parents, educators and legislators to set high standards and adopt innovative educational practices."
  • Standing up for Kids and Educators: "Tony fought back against historic budget cuts, opposing a back room deals that expanded school vouchers while cutting $1.6 billion from public schools. He will continue to push for adequate resources to ensure school reform does become a code work for funding cuts."
  • Championing School Finance Reform: "Tony’s popular Fair Funding for Our Future plan would protect kids, invest in our classroooms, account for poverty, and lower the tax levy. Tony will re-introduce the plan as part of his 2013-15 Budget proposal."


With less than three weeks to go until the election, Evers and challenger Don Pridemore faced off on March 13, 2013 at a meeting of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards in Madison. The race, which is non-partisan, has recently focused on education proposals put forth by Gov. Scott Walker (R) in his budget plan.[13]

Pridemore, a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly since 2005, supports Walker's plan to expand the use of vouchers in the state while not increasing public school spending. Meanwhile Evers, who was first elected in 2009, opposes both measures and wants to increase spending by $225 per student.[14]

Pridemore said budgets are tight and schools should not expect more money. "A lot of these common core standards really started with international standards. Now, why should we be beholden to some worldwide organization that's just trying to dumb down America," he stated.[15]

Regarding school safety, Pridemore proposed allowing schools to have armed volunteers to provide security, which Evers said risks turning schools into the "wild west." While presenting a stark contrast in most of their views, the two did agree in their opposition to Walker's proposal to create a separate school board to oversee charter schools.[16]

Money in the campaign

On March 25, 2013, one week before the election, The Associated Press reported that Evers' re-campaign had spent almost $210,000 since January, and will end the campaign with about $40,000 cash on hand.[17] These figures reflect the most recent campaign finance reports filed by the candidates' committees with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. The latest report lists contributions and spending from Jan 1-March 18. According to the AP report, challenger Don Pridemore's last filing, covering Jan. 1-Feb 4., showed him spending under $20,000, a significantly lower sum than his opponent. However the lion's share of Evers' spending occurred between Feb. 5 and March 18, therefore it is difficult to assess the candidates' comparative financial standing heading into the April 2 election without Pridemore's updated financial summary. The report also said Pridemore raised $2,400 and had $33,400 on hand as of Feb. 4, 2013.


Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Non-partisan Green check mark transparent.pngTony Evers 57.1% 439,248
     Non-partisan Rose Fernandez 42.7% 328,511
     Non-partisan Scattering 0.1% 905
Total Votes 768,664

Campaign contributions

Comprehensive donor information for Evers is available dating back to 2001. Based on available campaign finance records, Evers raised a total of $314,854 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 6, 2013.[18]

Tony Evers's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wisconsin Superintendent of Public instruction Not up for election $66,109
2009 Wisconsin Superintendent of Public instruction Won $236,126
2001 Wisconsin Superintendent of Public instruction Defeated $12,619
Grand Total Raised $314,854


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Tony Evers's donors each year.[19] Click [show] for more information.


Evers and his wife, Kathy, have three children and five grandchildren.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin April 2 election results," accessed April 3, 2013
  2. Wisconsin Division of Elections, "OFFICES TO BE ELECTED AT 2013 SPRING ELECTION, FEBRUARY 19, 2013 SPRING PRIMARY," accessed November 30, 2012
  3. Wisconsin Statutes "115.28" Accessed July 20, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Biography of Tony Evers," accessed September 4, 2011
  5. WTAQ, "State superintendent wants all HS students to take ACT, asking for $7M from Gov.," September 12, 2012
  6. FOX 11, "Proposal: All Wis. high school students take ACT," September 12, 2012
  7. Wisconsin State Journal, "All public high school juniors would take ACT in 2014-15 under Evers proposal," September 12, 2012
  8. Tony Evers, "About," accessed February 5, 2013
  9. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidate List-Spring 2013 Elections," accessed January 2, 2013 (dead link)
  10. Green Bay Press Gazette, "State Superintendent Supreme Court Justice will face challenges," accessed January 8, 2013
  11. WTAQ, "State public school superintendent candidates take jabs at each other," accessed January 8, 2013
  12. Tony Evers, "Issues," accessed February 5, 2013
  13. Walworth County Today, "Wisconsin superintendent candidates to debate," March 12, 2013
  14. Twin Cities, "Wisconsin: Evers, Pridemore clash in education superintendent debate," March 13, 2013
  15. WXOW, "Evers, Pridemore clash in superintendent debate," March 13, 2013
  16. Wisconsin Radio Network, "Stark contrast in state superintendent race," March 13, 2013
  17., "Superintendent Candidate Evers Spends over 200 Thousand Dollars on Re-election Campaign," March 25, 2013
  18. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Tony Evers," accessed May 6, 2013
  19. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
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Elizabeth Burmaster
Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction
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