Schimel asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to take case about governor's powers over education rules


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MADISON, Wisconsin — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is asking the state Supreme Court to take a case related to how much influence Gov. Scott Walker can have in the state's education department.

Schimel wants the Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling from last month that found a Republican-written law giving the governor the power to block new education rules is unconstitutional.

The appeals court ruled that the law essentially gives the governor veto authority over anything the elected state schools superintendent proposes, interfering with the superintendent's constitutional powers to supervise public education.

The state Supreme Court is controlled by a majority of conservative-leaning justices. It is not obligated to take the case just because Schimel, a Republican, asked for a review.

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