MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin state colleges superintendent candidate Deborah Kerr is proposing decentralizing the Division of Public Instruction and transferring or rehiring its greater than 400 staff from Madison into workplaces throughout the state.
Kerr, a former Brown Deer superintendent who’s backed by conservatives, faces Pecatonica Superintendent Jill Underly within the April 6 election. Underly is backed by the state academics union and Democrats. The race is formally nonpartisan.
Kerr detailed her proposal to maneuver the state training division out of Madison on Wednesday. Its present workplace is a pair blocks away from the state Capitol.
“Below DPI’s present mannequin, company workers are plucked from the Madison space, and that’s not inclusive of any of the variety and the wants of our Wisconsin youngsters,” Kerr mentioned at a information convention, Milwaukee media reported.
Kerr mentioned she would carry out an “fairness audit” of DPI workers and look to rent new workers who stay in communities outdoors of Madison, probably leading to terminations of some present staff. Kerr, who lives in Caledonia, wouldn’t transfer to Madison and would work at workplaces across the state.