Evers responds to State of Schooling, underscores ‘doing what’s greatest for youths’
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Governor Tony Evers delivered the Democratic Radio Address this week in which he spoke to Dr. She congratulated Jill Underly on her first State Superintendent of Public Instruction speech on the State of Education and underlined the importance of working together to continue doing the best for our children and our schools.
His address follows in full:
Hi. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, here.
Today I want to Dr. Congratulations to Jill Underly on her first State Education Address as the State Superintendent of Public Education.
Dr. Underly and I are both former teachers, so we know firsthand that what is best for our children is best for our state. And that’s why we also agree that our children come first, which means that our children come before politics and division.
Our schools are the heart of our community – from our pre-K and early childhood education providers to our colleges.
Every child, every day – regardless of their zip code or their family’s economic status – deserves the support, resources, and services they need to be successful.
If we want to ensure that every child in this state has a chance to be successful, then we must invest in our children and our schools.
It means fulfilling our constitutional obligation to provide the best possible education and resources for our children with disabilities and special needs.
It means supporting and hiring passionate, dedicated, and qualified teachers – especially teachers who understand and share the experiences of color students.
And it means coming together to do what is best for our children because I know that if we put our children first, we will not only meet the challenges of this pandemic, but a stronger, fairer one in the years to come will build a public education system.
We have made great strides in our last budget – for the first time in two decades we have finally reached two-thirds of the budget for our public schools and made another decisive increase for special needs education. But Superintendent Underly and I both know we still have a lot to do.
I look forward to working with Superintendent Underly and the DPI to meet the needs of every child from pre-K to college, trusting and supporting our teachers and doing the best for our children by being first Stand.
Thanks very much.