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State Superintendent Says Public Education Needs More Funding

State Superintendent Says Public Education Needs More Funding

Superintendent Jill Underly discussed challenges including mental health and racial disparities.

Michels Attacks Evers on Preschool Transgender Resources

Michels Attacks Evers on Preschool Transgender Resources

DPI says it’s not part of curriculum. Governor says he trusts parents to make decisions.

Evers Unveils $2 Billion Schools Plan

Evers Unveils $2 Billion Schools Plan

Added K-12 funding for school meals, mental health programs and per pupil spending.

Gov. Evers, Superintendent Underly Welcome Kids Back to School, Announce Shared K-12 Priorities for 2023-25 Budget
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Gov. Evers, Superintendent Underly Welcome Kids Back to School, Announce Shared K-12 Priorities for 2023-25 Budget

State’s projected $5 billion surplus allows for increased investments in K-12 education without increasing property taxes

Evers Rips Republicans On Schools

Evers Rips Republicans On Schools

Governor condemns funding cuts, 'censoring' teachers and using 'kids as political pawns.'

State Superintendent Pushes Gun Control

State Superintendent Pushes Gun Control

Restricting access to guns is key to protecting children’s lives, Jill Underly says.

State Democrats Push Gun Restrictions After Texas Shootings

State Democrats Push Gun Restrictions After Texas Shootings

Kaul calls for law requiring background checks and preventing sale of 'ghost guns.'

Students With Disabilities Subjected to Seclusion, Physical Restraint

Students With Disabilities Subjected to Seclusion, Physical Restraint

Report finds 84% of all such incidents in state’s schools involve students with disabilities.

Gov. Evers’ “Get Kids Ahead Initiative” Awards $15 Million to Help Nearly Every Wisconsin School District Provide School-Based Mental Health Support for Kids
Evers Announces $5 Million Mental Health Funding

Evers Announces $5 Million Mental Health Funding

Grants from federal ARPA money will expand mental health services and telemedicine.

Campaign Cash: Liberal Group One Of Top Outside Spenders
Campaign Cash

Liberal Group One Of Top Outside Spenders

A Better Wisconsin Together, backed by unions, spent $5.2 million on 2020-2021 races.

Assembly Considering ‘Parents Bill of Rights’ Legislation

Assembly Considering ‘Parents Bill of Rights’ Legislation

Rights determine medical care, child's name and pronouns used at school and review of instructional materials, among others.

Evers Administration, DHS, DPI Remind Schools of Support, Resources Available to Help Keep Kids and Educators Safe in School as Omicron Spreads
DHS Urges Public Health Practices to Keep Kids Safe and in School
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DHS Urges Public Health Practices to Keep Kids Safe and in School

Asks parents and guardians to take action as Omicron cases increase

DPI, Legislators Clash On Federal Pandemic Aid

DPI, Legislators Clash On Federal Pandemic Aid

$77 million for state’s schools at stake. Republican rule violates federal law, US Education Secretary says.

Federal-State Battle Over School Pandemic Aid

Federal-State Battle Over School Pandemic Aid

US Education Department nixes GOP plan to favor schools that stayed in person in 2020-21.

Evers Touts $110 Million Addition For Schools

Evers Touts $110 Million Addition For Schools

New federal coronavirus relief funds for state’s K-12 schools include $9.6 million for MPS.

Gov. Evers Delivers on Promise to do What’s Best for Kids, Invests $110 Million in Wisconsin Kids and Schools
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Gov. Evers Delivers on Promise to do What’s Best for Kids, Invests $110 Million in Wisconsin Kids and Schools

Funding directed by the governor to provide new, additional funding to every school district in Wisconsin

State Superintendent Slams GOP Over School Funding

State Superintendent Slams GOP Over School Funding

Assembly Speaker Vos says more money won't fix problems in schools.

WisGOP Statement on State of Education Address
Superintendent Underly demonstrates clear vision, strong resolve through challenging times in State of Education speech
Legislature Plans Culture War Against Evers

Legislature Plans Culture War Against Evers

Fall session could include “born alive” abortion bill, forbidding teachers from discussing race and more.

GOP Bill Requires Parent Notification of Gender, Sexual Orientation Education

GOP Bill Requires Parent Notification of Gender, Sexual Orientation Education

Bill covers any instruction on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression.

Keeping Kids Safe During Back to School
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Keeping Kids Safe During Back to School

As cases rise, DHS and DPI urge districts and schools to follow COVID-19 guidance

State Superintendent, Pediatricians Push Universal Masking in Schools

State Superintendent, Pediatricians Push Universal Masking in Schools

Masking in schools backed by CDC, public health officials and pediatrics associations.

State Legislature Debates Anti-Racism, Anti-Sexism Education Bills

State Legislature Debates Anti-Racism, Anti-Sexism Education Bills

Critical Race Theory discussed during debate. One bill requires instruction materials be made public.

DHS Releases New and Updated Resources for Schools to Keep Students Safe
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DHS Releases New and Updated Resources for Schools to Keep Students Safe

Resources include updated guidance on outbreaks and new testing communications toolkit

State Officials Recommending Masks for Schools

State Officials Recommending Masks for Schools

Delta variant causing uptick in cases. Officials say masking will reduce school transmission.

Public School Advocates Discuss State Budget Losses

Public School Advocates Discuss State Budget Losses

Evers says ending gerrymandering may be only way to get more education funding.

Campaign Cash: Superintendent Race Cost Record $3 Million
Campaign Cash

Superintendent Race Cost Record $3 Million

Underly and liberal groups spent combined $2.34 million, five times more than opponents.

Whose Vision Will Prevail In Budget Battle?

Whose Vision Will Prevail In Budget Battle?

Republicans got their way in budget rewrite, but Evers' vetoes loom.

Underly Announces Transition Team

Underly Announces Transition Team

New state school superintendent promises “more offense, less defense."

Data Wonk: About That Data on Charter Schools
Data Wonk

About That Data on Charter Schools

Diving deeper into charter school data and polls of voters tells interesting story.

K-12 Education: The Fight Over Standardized Testing
K-12 Education

The Fight Over Standardized Testing

MPS, urban school systems push federal government for testing waivers, citing lost instruction time during pandemic.

Op Ed: Nonpartisan Races Getting Too Partisan
Op Ed

Nonpartisan Races Getting Too Partisan

State superintendent race and school policies should not be so politicized.

Campaign Cash: Record Outside Group Spending for Underly
Campaign Cash

Record Outside Group Spending for Underly

A record $1.02 million spent on state superintendent race, 80% of it by liberal groups.

The State of Politics: Republicans Miffed By MPS Pandemic Aid
The State of Politics

Republicans Miffed By MPS Pandemic Aid

MPS gets 16 times more per pupil than Wauwatosa schools under federal formula awarding more to low-income students.

Op Ed: Signs of Hope at State Budget Hearing
Op Ed

Signs of Hope at State Budget Hearing

Citizens attended public hearing in Whitewater and demanded legislators support a wide range of reforms.

Campaign Cash: Outside Groups Spent $1 Million on State Superintendent Race
Campaign Cash

Outside Groups Spent $1 Million on State Superintendent Race

Groups backing Underly had 5-1 advantage over those backing Kerr.

Robin Vos Must Clarify Late-Night Threat To Defund Wisconsin Schools
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin on Spring Election Wins
Milwaukee County Election Commission Reports Unofficial 2021 Spring Election Results
Wisconsin Working Families Party Candidates Announce Victories in Madison, Racine, Milwaukee
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Wisconsin Working Families Party Candidates Announce Victories in Madison, Racine, Milwaukee

Building on the Energy of 2020, Grassroots Political Group Helps Elect Progressive Activists, Organizers, Educators, and Public Education Graduates Across the State

Underly Defeats Kerr In State Superintendent Race

Underly Defeats Kerr In State Superintendent Race

Deborah Kerr conceded just after 9:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Democrats Celebrate Underly as Newly Elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction
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Wisconsin Democrats Celebrate Underly as Newly Elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Democrats Continue To Build Momentum, Organizing Infrastructure Leading Into 2022 Midterm Elections

Underly Criticizes Kerr for Trans-Kids in Sports Comments

Underly Criticizes Kerr for Trans-Kids in Sports Comments

State Superintendent candidate said transgender kids shouldn't play on teams that align with gender identity.

Kerr Supports Voucher Program, Decentralizing DPI

Kerr Supports Voucher Program, Decentralizing DPI

State superintendent candidate Kerr has been an ardent supporter of reopening schools.

Underly Running on Education Equity, Ending Vouchers

Underly Running on Education Equity, Ending Vouchers

As a candidate for state superintendent, Underly has backing of state teachers union.

Campaign Cash: Underly Raises 18 Times More Than Kerr
Campaign Cash

Underly Raises 18 Times More Than Kerr

Democratic-supported candidate for state school superintendent raises $1.3 million.

Jill Underly Breaks Law and Uses School District Resources to Run for Superintendent of Public Instruction
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Jill Underly Breaks Law and Uses School District Resources to Run for Superintendent of Public Instruction

WisGOP files complaint with Wisconsin Ethics Commission to investigate Underly's conduct

Vote April 6th: Guide to Candidates in Spring Election
Vote April 6th

Guide to Candidates in Spring Election

State Superintendent, Circuit Court Judge, County Board and School Board races on ballot.

Kerr Makes Case for State Superintendent

Kerr Makes Case for State Superintendent

Longtime educator, former Brown Deer Superintendent backs vouchers, early school start.

Underly Makes Case for State Superintendent

Underly Makes Case for State Superintendent

Supports more investment in 4K programs, phasing out vouchers.

More Working Families Endorse Jill Underly for Superintendent
Campaign Cash: Liberals Have 13 to 1 Edge In Superintendent Race
Campaign Cash

Liberals Have 13 to 1 Edge In Superintendent Race

Groups supporting Underly bury the one group backing Kerr in total campaign donations.

Campaign Cash: Outside Spending Tops $800,000 for Election
Campaign Cash

Outside Spending Tops $800,000 for Election

Most of special interest spending for spring election is for state school superintendent race.

Marquette Law School, College of Education to host debate for Wisconsin school superintendent March 17
Kerr, Underly Strike Sparks In Debate

Kerr, Underly Strike Sparks In Debate

Candidates for state school superintendent reveal very different views on voucher schools, other issues.

34 State Legislators Endorse Jill Underly for State Superintendent
Underly Supports Safe In-Person Learning in Wisconsin Schools
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Underly Supports Safe In-Person Learning in Wisconsin Schools

Unlike her opponent, Underly emphasizes informed, local decision-making, not a state mandate

Kerr: Open Schools and Get DPI Out of Madison
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Kerr: Open Schools and Get DPI Out of Madison

Get our kids back to school and get DPI back to working for families

Grassroots North Shore Hosts Candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Former Governor Jim Doyle Endorses Jill Underly for State Superintendent
Working Families Party Announces Second Round of 2021 Endorsements
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Working Families Party Announces Second Round of 2021 Endorsements

Progressive Political Group Throws Weight Behind Jill Underly, Sets Sights on Growing Progressive Bloc in Madison Common Council

Labor Unions Rally Around Jill Underly for State Superintendent
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Labor Unions Rally Around Jill Underly for State Superintendent

Wisconsin United Auto Workers, AFT, AFL-CIO and IBEW endorse Dr. Jill Underly

Reps. Ron Kind, Gwen Moore, and Mark Pocan Endorse Jill Underly for Superintendent
Alex Lasry Endorses Jill Underly for Superintendent
Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson Endorses Jill Underly for Superintendent
State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski Endorses Jill Underly for Superintendent
The Contrarian: Jill Underly Flunks School Choice 101
The Contrarian

Jill Underly Flunks School Choice 101

Candidate for state school superintendent is clueless about state requirements.

Wisconsin Democrats Endorse Dr. Jill Underly for State Superintendent
It’s Kerr and Underly for State Superintendent

It’s Kerr and Underly for State Superintendent

Field of seven candidates narrow to two, with Underly the anti-voucher school candidate.

Dr. Deborah Kerr Wins in Primary Election for State Superintendent, Advances to General Election in April
2021 Spring Primary Election Results

2021 Spring Primary Election Results

Unofficial totals from the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County for the February 16th primary.

Dr. Jill Underly Advances to the General Election
Southeast Wisconsin Urban Educators Trust Jill Underly
State Superintendent Candidates Make Their Pitch

State Superintendent Candidates Make Their Pitch

With eyes on Tuesday’s election, 7 views of the Wisconsin’s education future.

Vote Tuesday: State Superintendent, County Board and School Board on the Ballot
Vote Tuesday

State Superintendent, County Board and School Board on the Ballot

Non-partisan, education-centric primary kicks off spring election season.

Former Superintendents Grover & Benson Endorse Jill Underly
Campaign Cash: Who’s Behind School Superintendent Candidates?
Campaign Cash

Who’s Behind School Superintendent Candidates?

More than half of Deborah Kerr’s campaign cash came from one fat cat.

7 Seek State School Superintendent Job

7 Seek State School Superintendent Job

Who are they and what are the key issues in the February primary race?

Underly Campaign Announces Endorsement of 12 State Legislators
MTEA announces 2021 School Board, State Superintendent endorsements
WEAC Educators Recommend Jill Underly for State Superintendent
Campaign Cash: State Superintendent Candidates Raise $200,000
Campaign Cash

State Superintendent Candidates Raise $200,000

Which candidates have raised the most and who are the top donors?

State Superintendent Candidates Debate

State Superintendent Candidates Debate

Seven candidates include teachers, principals, superintendents and policy experts.

Rural Educator Running for State Superintendent

Rural Educator Running for State Superintendent

Jill Underly, superintendent of the Pecatonica School District, wants to address educational inequities caused by poverty.

Jill Underly Announces Candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction