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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers says he fears "more divisive mandates" for public schools are coming, and he is calling on the Legislature to "hit the pause button."

Evers made the comments Wednesday at the annual state education convention in Milwaukee, without elaborating on what he meant. His spokesman Tom McCarthy says he was referring to a school accountability bill that Republicans are working on.

The Assembly version of the accountability bill would force failing public schools to close, but lawmakers are working on changes. The Senate bill that doesn't have those sanctions is scheduled for a hearing next week.

Evers, according to a transcript of his speech, told the group that "Backroom discussions lead me to believe that more divisive mandates, along with constrained revenue are on the way."

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Evers warns 'divisive mandates' are coming

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