Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (left) and State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor shown during a tour of a Madison school in January. (Photo: Associated Press)

MADISON – The Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed itself Tuesday by ruling the state schools chief cannot set education policy without permission from the governor, delivering a blow to Democrats who have controlled the state’s education agency for decades.

The ruling makes successful an eight-year effort by Republicans to diminish the power of the state schools superintendent, who oversees the Department of Public Instruction — a fight that began with Gov. Tony Evers when he oversaw the agency.

The court’s conservative majority ruled 4-2 Tuesday against state schools Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, Evers’

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