We already know that Dr. Tony Evers is eminently qualified to head the Department of Public Instruction. He has some 34 years of experience at all levels of education, not to mention the fact that he is a parent and a grand parent of public school children. With such an accomplished background as an educator, it is no wonder that he is almost unanimously supported by teachers, principals, and superintendents in every corner of the state.
At the complete opposite end of the spectrum, you have Rose Fernandez who has zero background, training or experience in education at any level. She has not worked in a public school for even one day, much less dedicating 34 years of her life to education in Wisconsin. In fact, the only experience that she has that is even remotely related to education is her leading of what looks like a front group for the for-profit company K12, Inc. This is the same out-of-state company that bragged about making some $5 million from Wisconsin taxpayers by selling their products for homeschooling via the internet. In fact, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if K12 and their connections in this state haven't been intimately involved in the propping up of this candidate from very early on in the process. Unfortunately none of this translates into Rose Fernandez having the abilities or training to head DPI.
Although Rose Fernandez has zero experience in education, she does have an education and experience in nursing. Coming from that background, one might expect that she at least has the backing from people in that important profession. Unfortunately for Fernandez, the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals just came out to endorse Dr. Evers for Superintendent. Wow, that one has really got to hurt!
When you take a look at Rose Fernandez complete lack of training/background in education, you can only assume that she is receiving support from the right wing simply for espousing all of the preferred talking points. Unfortunately for Wisconsin students that includes the "voucherizing" of their schools and basically taking the "public" out of the DPI. That may translate into having a large right wing fan club, but that does not equal being good for leading education in Wisconsin.