A portion of a Republican-written law that gives the Wisconsin governor the power to block new education rules is unconstitutional, a state appeals court ruled last week.
The law essentially gave the governor veto authority over anything the elected state schools superintendent proposed and thus interfered with the superintendent’s constitutional powers to supervise public education, the court said.
The case centers on a law GOP Gov. Scott Walker signed in 2011 that requires state agencies to get gubernatorial approval before drafting new administrative rules, legal language that enacts statutes, and agency policies.
A version of this article appeared in the February 25, 2015 edition of Education Week as Wis. Court Tosses Out Bid to Undercut Chief’s Authority