Today are the spring elections for Wisconsin, I’d the biggest thing on the ballot is Wisconsin DPI Superintendent Candidates, Elizabeth (Libbey) Burmaster is presently holding the chair (won in 2001), she is being challenged by Gregg Underheim. I’ve listened to several interviews from both candidates on WPR over the last month.
Personally I think it’s time for a change, Underheim not only being a Republican but from listening to his views on moving more technology into the classrooms and leveraging the ability to bring the classrooms home to children in more rural areas giving the more gifted kids who don’t have access to the advanced classes and such that are available to those in the big cities is great. Being a very rural resident with a daughter who is extremely bright and talented, who will be beginning high school next year makes this an even bigger issue for us. Even given these projects and programs could be a couple of years from reality and may not directly benefit her, at least the groundwork will be laid for others.
Can you tell education is a big topic in our household? It’d sure be nice to have at least one of children be interested in attending some sort of higher education beyond the K-12.
There are a variety of other Referendums on the ballot as well, most for the Madison area school districts, so get out there and make your voice heard, do not let the teachers’ union, WEAC, and others make all the choices for you and your kids/grandkids, we can make a difference, one person at a time.
For more info on the ballot issues take look at this page for details.