Wisconsin education plan wins approval over objections

Wisconsin’s education department says the state’s required school improvement plan has won federal approval, despite objections from Gov. Scott Walker and conservatives that it wasn’t innovative enough.

Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers issued a statement Wednesday praising approval of the plan by the U.S. Department of Education.

Evers says the state’s plan “is an opportunity to focus on local strategies to close opportunity and achievement gaps for all kids.”

All 50 states were required to submit accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind.

Walker had refused to sign off on the state report, saying more revisions were needed, but didn’t offer any specific suggestions for improvement.

The conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has threatened to sue over the process used to implement the plan.