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Release: UNDERLY STATEMENT ON ELECTION RESULTS

HOLLANDALE, Wis. — Pecatonica Area School District Superintendent and candidate for Wisconsin State Superintendent Jill Underly released the following statement this evening on her victory in the Wisconsin State Superintendent race: “Today, the votes have been counted and Wisconsinites across the state have elected me to be our next State Superintendent of Public Instruction. I’mContinue reading “Release: UNDERLY STATEMENT ON ELECTION RESULTS”

Editorial: Jill Underly has the experience and the vision to be a great Superintendent of Public Instruction

Pecatonica Area School District Superintendent Jill Underly has a clear vision for improving public education in Wisconsin, and she is uniquely qualified to implement that vision. Underly, who finished first in a crowded Feb. 16 primary for the open schools post, now faces an April 6 general election contest with a significantly less impressive contender,Continue reading “Editorial: Jill Underly has the experience and the vision to be a great Superintendent of Public Instruction”

Editorial: A decade after Walker’s assault, it is time to renew Wisconsin’s commitment to public education

by Cap Times editorial When former Gov. Scott Walker attacked Wisconsin’s public school teachers and the unions that represented them in 2011, he was not merely carrying out the demands of the out-of-state billionaires who funded his campaigns. Walker was striking a blow against public education in a state that had historically recognized the roleContinue reading “Editorial: A decade after Walker’s assault, it is time to renew Wisconsin’s commitment to public education”

AP News: 7 Face off in Primary for Wisconsin’s School Superintendent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The race to be Wisconsin’s top education official is wide open for the first time in a dozen years and it’s only the second time since the 1980s that Tony Evers, who left the post as state superintendent when elected governor, is not on the ballot. Seven candidates are vying for theContinue reading “AP News: 7 Face off in Primary for Wisconsin’s School Superintendent”

Release: UNDERLY CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT OF 12 STATE LEGISLATORS

HOLLANDALE, Wis. — Pecatonica Area School District Superintendent and candidate for Wisconsin State Superintendent Jill Underly announced today she has been endorsed by 12 legislators from across the state including Senators Jeff Smith and Kelda Roys, and Representatives Don Vruwink, Lisa Subeck, Diane Hesselbein, Jodi Emerson, Kristina Shelton, Mark Spreitzer, Jimmy Anderson, Sondy Pope, andContinue reading “Release: UNDERLY CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT OF 12 STATE LEGISLATORS”

Release: Wisconsin Education Association Council Recommends Jill Underly

HOLLANDALE, Wis. — Pecatonica Area School District Superintendent and candidate for Wisconsin State Superintendent Jill Underly announced today she has been recommended by The Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the state’s largest union representing educators and an affiliate of the National Education Association. “Dr. Jill Underly will be a staunch supporter of our public schools,Continue reading “Release: Wisconsin Education Association Council Recommends Jill Underly”

WPR: State Superintendent Candidate Interview: Jill Underly

By Keegan Kyle As part of a series of interviews running up to the Feb. 16 statewide election, we hear from one of seven candidates vying to become Wisconsin’s next state superintendent of public instruction. Jill Underly is superintendent of the Pecatonica Area School District, which is about 20 miles southwest of Madison.

Release: Julie Underwood and John Matthews endorse Jill Underly Campaign

HOLLANDALE, Wis. — Pecatonica Area School District Superintendent and candidate for Wisconsin State Superintendent Jill Underly announced today she has been endorsed by education leaders John Matthews and Julie Underwood.  “Jill has the most diversified experience, among all candidates, and understands the needs of children and teachers to move education forward for Wisconsin,” said JohnContinue reading “Release: Julie Underwood and John Matthews endorse Jill Underly Campaign”

WisBusiness: State schools superintendent candidates hope to increase tech literacy

All seven of the state’s school superintendent candidates agreed that Wisconsin needs to increase the technology literacy of its students — but each contender has a different plan to get there. In a webcast series with WisBusiness.com-WisPolitics.com released earlier this month, in partnership with Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition, each candidate shared ideas to move WisconsinContinue reading “WisBusiness: State schools superintendent candidates hope to increase tech literacy”

Cap Times Opinion: Jill Underly: Give rural schools the tools they need to thrive

Like many rural school district superintendents, I’ve been fixated on the fate of the Palmyra-Eagle School District in southeastern Wisconsin. Since 1993, rural school districts have been in a bind. Many of us were low-spending in 1993 and then locked into that level by the revenue limit caps placed on our districts. If we hadContinue reading “Cap Times Opinion: Jill Underly: Give rural schools the tools they need to thrive”

WEAU: Breaking down the candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsinites will vote in a state primary election on February 16th to narrow down the field of candidates running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. This is the person who oversees K-12 education in the state. There are seven candidates running. First candidate is Jill Underly from Blanchardville. Underly says she willContinue reading “WEAU: Breaking down the candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction”

Wisconsin State Journal: 6 candidates vying for state’s top education position discuss funding equity during forum

Six of the seven candidates for state superintendent faced off in the second online forum, with a focus on funding issues faced by public schools across the state, ahead of a Feb. 16 primary. Underly, Pecatonica district administrator, said she would focus on building and maintaining relationships with federal and state lawmakers on both sidesContinue reading “Wisconsin State Journal: 6 candidates vying for state’s top education position discuss funding equity during forum”

Cap Times: State superintendent candidates talk equity, school funding in forum

Six of the seven candidates to become Wisconsin’s next state superintendent of public instruction participated in a forum Wednesday night focused on funding and equity. The Association for Equitable Funding hosted the virtual forum with candidates Steve Krull, Jill Underly, Sheila Briggs, Troy Gunderson, Shandowlyon Hendricks-Williams and Deb Kerr. Candidate Joe Fenrick was unable toContinue reading “Cap Times: State superintendent candidates talk equity, school funding in forum”

WisBusiness: Computer science conversation with Jill Underly

Underly is one of seven state schools superintendent candidates to face off in the Feb. 16 primary. The Pecatonica Area School District superintendent participated in a focused discussion around computer science education in Wisconsin. The webcast conversation was done in partnership with the Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition, WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com.

Cap Times (Op-ed) Jill Underly: DeVos’ testing plan will hurt public schools amid a pandemic

If you haven’t read the letter that Secretary Betsy DeVos sent to all the chief school officers (or state superintendents), I suggest you do. In the classic HR memo style of “compliment sandwich,” she tells our state superintendents: don’t expect waivers this spring for the accountability tests, because failing to assess students will “have a lasting effectContinue reading “Cap Times (Op-ed) Jill Underly: DeVos’ testing plan will hurt public schools amid a pandemic”

‘It Added No Value’: State Superintendents Slam GOP Letter as an Effort to Shift Blame

by Jessica VanEgeren Dozens of Republican legislators who control the bulk of public school funding lean on schools to open up despite COVID concerns. At the end of July, the DeForest school board approved its plans to offer students two options when classes resumed in the fall: one option is all virtual for the firstContinue reading “‘It Added No Value’: State Superintendents Slam GOP Letter as an Effort to Shift Blame”

WEAU: Underly declares her candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

MADISON, Wis. (AP) A rural educator is entering the race for state schools superintendent. Pecatonica Area School District Superintendent Jill Underly declared her candidacy Thursday. She has served as superintendent for Pecatonica since 2015. Prior to that she was an assistant director at the state Department of Public Instruction, an academic advisor at UW-Madison and aContinue reading “WEAU: Underly declares her candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction”

URBAN MILWAUKEE: Jill Underly Announces Candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

HOLLANDALE, Wis. — Dr. Jill Underly, a rural schools superintendent, former public school teacher, and mother of two, today announced her campaign for the statewide nonpartisan position of Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Dr. Underly currently serves as superintendent of the Pecatonica Area School District, headquartered in the Village of Blanchardville. She has more than 20Continue reading “URBAN MILWAUKEE: Jill Underly Announces Candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction”

NBC 15: Pecatonica Area Superintendent enters race for state schools superintendent

BLANCHARDVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A rural educator is entering the race for state schools superintendent. Pecatonica Area School District Superintendent Jill Underly declared her candidacy Thursday. “I am excited to announce my candidacy for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and I look forward to the work ahead and to moving public education, andContinue reading “NBC 15: Pecatonica Area Superintendent enters race for state schools superintendent”

RELEASE: Jill Underly Announces Candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

HOLLANDALE, Wis. — Dr. Jill Underly, a rural schools superintendent, former public school teacher, and mother of two, today announced her campaign for the statewide nonpartisan position of Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Dr. Underly currently serves as superintendent of the Pecatonica Area School District, headquartered in the Village of Blanchardville. She has moreContinue reading “RELEASE: Jill Underly Announces Candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction”

Cap Times (Op-ed): Give rural schools the tools they need to thrive

ike many rural school district superintendents, I’ve been fixated on the fate of the Palmyra-Eagle School District in southeastern Wisconsin. Since 1993, rural school districts have been in a bind. Many of us were low-spending in 1993 and then locked into that level by the revenue limit caps placed on our districts. If we hadContinue reading “Cap Times (Op-ed): Give rural schools the tools they need to thrive”

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