State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly provided an update to K-12 education in Wisconsin during her first State of Education Address on Sept. 23 at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.
“Strong public schooling is an enduring legacy of our state,” Dr. Underly said during her remarks. “It’s been nurtured -- generation after generation -- to the benefit of us all, and it is why I know public schools and libraries can unite us. Because they have for generations.
“Public schools are the tie that binds everything that we love about our country - our democracy - together. And we need to support them, invest in them, and ensure that they continue to thrive.”
View Dr. Underly’s full remarks, as prepared for delivery, by visiting the DPI’s website at https://dpi.wi.gov/news/releases/2021/state-superintendent-dr-jill-underly-s-remarks-prepared-delivery-2021-state.
During the State of Education event, Dr. Yorel Lashley of Drum Power provided music, and Kim Kaukl of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance acted as the master of ceremony.
The Glacier’s Edge Council, Boy Scouts of America provided color guard services during the event, and cadence was provided by Jacob Dunsirn, a student at Deerfield Middle/High School.The event opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Pecatonica Middle/High School student Hunter Enloe. The National Anthem was then sang by Avery Brutosky, a student from Middleton High School, and Dr. Underly was introduced by Pecatonica Middle/High School student Annika Becker.
Following Dr. Underly’s remarks, the 2022 Wisconsin Teachers of the Year were honored and presented with awards.
Thank you to all who participated in the 2021 State of Education Address!