Sunday, March 21, 2021

Bice: Superintendent candidate Jill Underly accused of 'hypocrisy' for sending her children to private school

From JSOnline:
Daniel Bice
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

No one has been a bigger promoter of public schools during the race for state school superintendent than Jill Underly

That was, no doubt, a large part of the reason that Underly, the Pecatonica school superintendent, has won the endorsement of state and local teachers unions.

But back when it was her decision to send her two children to school when she lived in Madison, Underly went private. 

Her campaign has confirmed that she paid to send her kids to St. James Catholic School in downtown Madison during the 2013-'14 and 2014-'15 terms rather than Aldo Leopold Elementary, a low-performing neighborhood school on the city's southwest side.

Underly's son and daughter then switched to the Pecatonica School District when she became its superintendent in 2015. 

This surprising disclosure prompted sharp criticism from her opponent, Deb Kerr, and other supporters of school choice. Underly opposes the use of tax dollars to pay for vouchers so parents can send their children to private schools. 

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