FOX47 NEWS - Five Vying for State Superintendent

Jeff Angileri
Jan 6, 2009, 10:21 PM

Five candidates are applying for the position to lead Wisconsin's schools. They will likely face serious budget pressures, and changes to the No Child Left Behind Act.

We asked the candidates about how they plan to run successful schools in a recession. They all said it begins with fixing the current funding system.

Some folks would say we don't have the money for it, we can't do it now. I say we can't afford to go without it, said Todd Price of Kenosha. We have wonderful school districts in Wisconsin, and we have some districts that are just strapped.

We need to take a look at some of the big issues we haven't been able to deal with in the past, and put building blocks in place so we can have a more fair funding system, said Tony Evers of Madison.

I would like to get as much funding as we can from the federal government for the mandates they allow for local school districts, said Van Mobley of Thiensville.

We need dollars to be focused on the classroom, what serves the learning of the boys and girls in Wisconsin, said Rose Fernandez of Mukwonago. All too often, dollars are being spent outside the classroom, and that has to change.

We were not able to reach the other candidate -- Lowell Holtz of Beloit.

Current state superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster was elected in 2001, and re-elected in 2005. She's not running for a third term. The position pays $122,000 a year.

The primary election is February 17th. The top two vote-getters move on to the general election April 7th.

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