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Superintendent Tony Evers demands accountability for private voucher schools

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's public school superintendent says private schools which have tax-funded voucher students have "no more excuses" not to be accountable. 

Tony Evers delivered his annual address at the State Capitol Thursday on the state of education in Wisconsin. 

Evers supported a bill in the Legislature that would hold private voucher schools to the same reporting and accountability standards as public schools. School choice advocates oppose the measure, saying it gives too much power to a state agency and a superintendent who's been against voucher schools. 

Evers also defended the state's use of the national Common Core standards, which is designed to raise the bar for math and reading performance. 

The superintendent said the state owes it to students not to, "pull the rug out" from under them.  

Two new legislative committees will hold a public hearing next Thursday on the possibility of having Wisconsin withdraw from the Common Core standards. 

The bill's supporters said it gives Washington too much power -- and the standards did not get much scrutiny when they were approved three years ago.