School superintendent candidates debate

The two candidates for the state's top education job had one last chance to let voters know where they stand before Tuesday's spring election.

Current schools superintendent Tony Evers and challenger Lowell Holtz talked about the state's educational issues during a debate hosted by Wisconsin Public Television.

One issue they touched on -- how to bridge the achievement gap between white and minority students in places like Madison and Milwaukee.

"Community schools are huge and I think it's important, not only in Madison, but in Milwaukee also. And I think statewide where kids get mental health services, dental services, medical services and parents are provided services too, to move their lives forward," says Evers.

"Safety is one of the base things we need to improve. We have to make our schools safe. When I'm sitting at lunch with somebody and they get a text that there were a dozen fights in one of our high schools, that's not an environment that's conducive to learning," says Holtz.

Both men also agreed that reducing poverty is one key to bridging the achievement gap.

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