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Virtual schools leader running for state post

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The leader of an independent coalition for families of students who attend virtual schools wants to become the Wisconsin state superintendent.

  Rose Fernandez announced her candidacy for education secretary Wednesday.

  She joins three other announced candidates.

  They are Beloit schools superintendent Lowell Holtz, Concordia University professor Van Mobley and deputy state superintendent Tony Evers.

  The field will be narrowed to two candidates in the Feb. 17 primary.

  The election is April 7, and the new secretary's term begins in July.

  Fernandez says she is a reformer focused on achievement and preparing students for life after high school.

  She says she supports merit raises for teachers but also wants schools to have the freedom to dismiss poor performers.

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