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Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear challenge to governor's education rulemaking authority

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MADISON, Wisconsin — The state Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit challenging the governor's power to block new education rules.

The case centers on a law Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed in 2011 that requires state agencies to get gubernatorial approval before drafting administrative rules. The presidents of two teachers unions and a number of parents filed a lawsuit alleging the law can't apply to the Department of Public Instruction. They contend the law gives other state officers more power than the elected DPI superintendent.

A Madison judge ruled for the plaintiffs in 2012. A state appeals court upheld that ruling this past February.

The high court announced Wednesday it would hear the case. A four-justice conservative majority controls the court.

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