Race for Superintendent

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

It's accountability that Underheim wants out of schools.

He says you don't have to spend more money to improve education; you just need to have a better managed system.

A former teacher and business owner, Underheim has spent the last 18 years in the State Assembly. He says interest groups and the teachers union have shifted the priorities of the state superintendent away from what taxpayers want.

"The job of the superintendent isn't just to serve the teachers union. It's to serve parents and students and taxpayers," said Gregg Underheim, state school superintendent candidate.

The current superintendent is Elizabeth Burmaster and she is running for re-election.

According to her Web site, Burmaster wants more emphasis placed on improving Wisconsin students' reading skills. She also wants to invest more in teachers and early kindergarten programs.

Burmaster did take home the vast majority of the votes in the February primary, but Underheim says a higher turnout will help him when the two go head-to-head on April 5.