State superintendent calls for more funding in ‘state of education’ speech

MADISON, Wis. — Retaining Wisconsin teachers and investing in students and public libraries were a few of the many topics state superintendent Dr. Jill Underly focused on in her ‘State of Education’ speech Thursday.

“In a time when things are most uncivil, we need to remember and celebrate the things that unite us. Like the high school basketball team going to state, or the blue ribbon elementary school that is the pride of our community, we need to reflect in the pride and the unity that our public schools bring to our communities, our families, and ourselves,” Dr. Underly said.

She also said she wants Wisconsin to be a leader in civic education and plans to have a roadmap to help schools and educators across Wisconsin.

She also plans on starting a literacy task force with people of all different backgrounds.

Dr. Underly says she’s ready to work with the legislature to help bring more funding into public schools.

However, that isn’t likely to happen based on Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ response to the speech.

“The Democrats’ singular focus to push more money into schools isn’t a winning strategy for our kids,” Vos said in a statement. “We need to look at improving how they are being taught and why so many students are struggling with the basics – reading, writing, and arithmetic.”