Marquette Law School, College of Education to host debate for Wisconsin school superintendent March 17

March 16, 2021

Deb Kerr and Jill UnderlyMILWAUKEE — Dr. Deborah Kerr and Dr. Jill Underly, candidates for Wisconsin Superintendent for Public Instruction, will participate in a virtual debate hosted by Marquette University Law School and the College of Education, Wednesday, March 17.

The video will be available at 12:15 p.m. on the Marquette Law School website.

On April 6, Wisconsin voters will select the state superintendent of public instruction for the next four years between Kerr, former superintendent of the Brown Deer School District, and Underly, current superintendent of schools in the Pecatonica Area School District. The candidates will discuss issues of importance such as addressing Wisconsin’s education achievement gaps, helping schools recover from the pandemic, and funding schools.

The debate will be moderated by Alan J. Borsuk, senior fellow in law and public policy at Marquette Law School.

Through public programming such as the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, Mike Gousha’s “On the Issues” conversations with newsmakers, public lectures by leading scholars, conferences on significant issues of public importance, and the work of its Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, Marquette Law School serves as the region’s leading venue for civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

This event also supports the College of Education’s focus on lifelong learning and an appreciation for research and professional growth. Marquette students continually reflect on their practice and role in society, as well as attempt to enhance the learning and general well-being of those they serve. In all of these endeavors, they grow in their engagement with critical analysis and advocacy around structural inequities in society and in education.

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Kevin Conway

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