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Teacher Revocations Increase Under Evers After Criticism

Spokesman For DPI Says Increase Has Nothing To Do With Politics

Students and a teacher in a classroom
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Revocation of teacher licenses spiked under state superintendent and candidate for governor Tony Evers shortly after Republicans accused him of being soft on teachers guilty of improper and immoral conduct.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Thursday that records show Evers and the agency he runs revoked or negotiated the surrender of the licenses of 12 educators last September. That is by far the most of any month during Evers’ eight years heading the state education department.

Evers had previously averaged less than one revocation per month.

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The increase came after the Republican Party accused him for not suspending the license of a Middleton middle school teacher who had viewed porn on his work computer.

A spokesman for the education department says the increase in discipline has nothing to do with politics.