Burke apologizes to Neenah schools superintendent
Candidate apologizes over campaign trail comment
MADISON, Wis. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke has apologized to the superintendent of the Neenah school district for comments she made on the campaign trail.
Burke had been citing the district as an example of negative effects she says have been caused in Wisconsin schools by the law known as Act 10 that effectively ended collective bargaining for teachers.
District administrator Mary Pfeiffer said Friday that Burke reached out to her on Wednesday and apologized by phone. Pfeiffer says Burke agreed not to use Neenah as an example again.
Burke apologized to Pfeiffer in person following a speech Friday in Madison.
Pfeiffer says she didn’t believe Burke meant to disparage the district. Pfeiffer also says she believes the law has had both positive and negative effects on the Neenah district.