MADISON — Jill Underly is the state Superintendent of Public Instruction bought and paid for by the teachers unions.
And the teacher unions are getting exactly what they paid for.
In her first state of education address last week, the liberal educrat played politics even as she blasted the partisan politics at the Capitol. She railed against the Republican-led Legislature, accusing them of underfunding K-12 education. And she lashed out at parents and other local school district residents who have grown increasingly frustrated with COVID-19 arbitrary mandates and the radicalization of their children’s classrooms.
Underly preaches blind allegiance to the education establishment, particularly during the pandemic. Parents should follow the “experts,” the same people who have presided over shockingly low student performance in Wisconsin’s public schools.
“We should be supporting each other instead of tearing down those who dare to provide leadership in a time of crisis,” she said.
Her cries of K-12 school poverty are not only wrong, they’re absurd. Education funding approaches $18 billion total in the two-year budgeting, including a massive infusion of federal pandemic relief cash.
“Funding for K-12 education in Wisconsin is at historic levels, and this year our schools received a massive amount of one-time federal dollars,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said in a statement following Underly’s address. “The Democrats’ singular focus to push more money into schools isn’t a winning strategy for our kids. 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.”
But the new DPI superintendent’s default position is to demand more money. She’s merely following the orders of the teachers unions that paid for her. And they paid handsomely.
Liberal funding poured into Underly’s victorious campaign this past spring. Just before the election, the liberal outside group A Better Wisconsin Together, tied to One Wisconsin Now, had dumped nearly $700,000 into digital and TV ads attacking Underly’s opponent, Deb Kerr, who supported parental schools choice and was loathed by the teachers unions. The group joined with the Wisconsin Education Association Council and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin in spending about $90,000 supporting Underly.
She and her liberal allies massively outspent Kerr and her supporters.
Jill Underly is the next Tony Evers, who, as DPI superintendent for a decade, was also a tool of the teachers unions.
Underly is Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.
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