To the editor:

Vote for Dr. Jill Underly for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the General Election, Tuesday, April 6. She has over twenty years of public education experience. She is currently the Superintendent of the Pecatonica School District, a rural district, and understands educational issues during COVID 19. She supports adequate and fair funding for all Wisconsin public schools. She opposes private school voucher expansion, which takes money from public schools and diverts it to private schools.

Her opponent, Deborah Kerr, supports the voucher program, public tax dollars for private schools. Kerr wants to decentralize the Department of Public Instruction. She states she wants to work more closely with private schools. Will the money for Kerr’s plan to move the DPI come from tax - payer dollars at public schools expense?

I am a proud supporter of public schools. My whole family and I attended or currently attend public schools from Kindergarten to graduate studies at state universities. Public education works. It must be treasured and funded.

Local schools are the heart of our communities! Vote for public schools in your community. Vote for Jill Underly. She is the most qualified candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

— Linda Wilkens

Green Lake

(6) comments

Jerald Davidson

Great letter, Linda. A vote for Underly is a vote for public education in Wisconsin. A vote for Kerr is a vote for a privatized, for-profit business enterprise.

Sallie Helmer

Jill Underly is backed by Planned Parenthood. She is endorsed by Democrat Diamond Jim Doyle and Democrat U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin--- need I say more?

Private School students and public school student's parents all pay the same school taxes. Is it fair to force children to go to a state run school that teaches indoctrination into Socialism and hate for the Founders of our country? Democrats who talk about tyranny-- never recognize their own tyrannical views.

Dale Failor

Public schools are far more popular and used than private schools. People who can afford a private school should also bear the cost of them.

Sallie Helmer


Do you really think you are paying for private schools. Please explain. Are you really against an educated proletariat? I understand your concern because if children get a proper education--- they would never vote for Marxism.

Michael Shohoney

Why anyone would vote for a State Superintendent that supports private schools over public schools astounds me. That's like putting someone on the Board of Directors of Coca Cola who is doing advertisements for Pepsi. You are taking money away from where it should be and handing it over to a private entity. What sense does that make? The State Superintendent is to support and promote public education.

Sallie Helmer

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