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Judge: Scott Walker control over Ed Department is unconstitutional

Statues that give the Wisconsin governor power to approve or block new education policies is unconstitutional, a Madison judge ruled Tuesday, the Huffington Post reports. The decision overturns — only as it applies to the state’s Department of Public Instruction — a law enacted last May that gives the governor authority to kill rules proposed by state agencies. The legislation was passed as part of a special legislative session on jobs that Republican Gov. Scott Walker called last year. The state’s superintendent of public instruction is unique among state department chiefs, however, in that the responsibilities held by the position are expressly stated in the state constitution. The DPI is currently headed by state schools Superintendent Tony Evers…

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