State Superintendent Candidates speak with Mike Gousha about Act 10

The state superintendent race is heating up this weekend, just two weeks before the vote.

The election has two-term incumbent state superintendent Tony Evers going head-to-head with Lowell Holtz, a former Beloit superintendent.

While the race is technically nonpartisan, Democrats are backing Evers, while Republican lawmakers support Holtz.

There's a clear divide based on their platforms, too.

Both candidates appeared Sunday morning on "Upfront with Mike Gousha," giving their opinions on Act 10, the 2011 legislation set to address a $3.6 billion budget deficit.

"Act 10 passed. It's in the past. And we move forward from there," says Evers. "But we move forward, and I think as a result we're losing a generation of teachers. The divisive rhetoric around teachers and the teaching profession, that happened because of Act 10. So we need to change the rhetoric. That's free."

On the opposite side, Holtz says Act 10 created bad morale for teachers initially, but is not the full reason for current negativity.

"The first time through ... there was a lot of rhetoric. But then the reality sunk in, that it wasn't the issues with Act 10," Holtz says. "You know, all the studies that people do, about retaining employees, saying you have to set the environment, and the tone in your business or your school, so it's a place where people want to come and work. You can't say six or seven years later ,'oh, yeah, there's poor morale,' when you should have been doing something to improve morale all along."

The upcoming vote is set for April 4.