Gov. Tony Evers announces a special session on school funding from his State Capitol office on Feb. 6, 2020. Shawn Johnson/WPR



Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday that he wants the Legislature to use a projected budget surplus to increase state spending on schools by $250 million, with an emphasis on special education and mental health funding.

Evers called a special session to deal with the plan, which he said would restore the state's commitment to funding two-thirds of the cost of public education, a benchmark first established in the mid-1990s but abandoned during repeated budget crunches more than a decade ago.

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