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Wisconsin state superintendent scolds lawmakers, asks for more money in State of Education speech

Added 09-24-21 07:23:01pm EST - “Wisconsin's state superintendent is making the case that lawmakers are the biggest threat to schools in the state.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Wisconsin state superintendent scolds lawmakers, asks for more money in State of Education speech”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Wisconsin’s state superintendent is making the case that lawmakers are the biggest threat to schools in the state.

State Superintendent Jill Underly delivered her State of Education address to Democrats and education leaders at the Wisconsin Capitol Thursday. Republican lawmakers say they weren’t invited.

She blamed the Republican-controlled legislature for not spending enough on schools in the state, and criticized lawmakers for pushing for more learning transparency and new civics classes.

"Wisconsin is still struggling to make up for the cuts that were made to public education during the Great Recession, despite the fact that over half the U.S. has found a way to do so. As a consequence, in 2020, we graduated an entire generation of kids who have known nothing but austerity in our school funding, who have known years of divestment in their future. This, folks, is the state of our education in Wisconsin,” Underly said in her speech.

Public schools in Wisconsin are getting more money in the next state budget than ever before . In addition to nearly $6 billion in general state aid, public schools in Wisconsin will receive $2.4 billion from the federal government’s stimulus package. Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, has billions more in other stimulus dollars that he can spend on schools as well.

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