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Wisconsin superintendent candidates spar over campaign ad

Jill Underly and Deborah Kerr
Posted at 5:21 PM, Mar 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-17 18:21:22-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The conservative-backed candidate to become Wisconsin’s top education official is calling on her Democratic-backed opponent to denounce her television ad running statewide.

Disagreement over the ad was the most heated flashpoint during a virtual debate broadcast Wednesday.

Former Brown Deer Superintendent Deb Kerr and Pecatonica Superintendent Jill Underly also sparred over how to best emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, the future of taxpayer-funded voucher schools and whether the state Department of Public Instruction needs to be dismantled.

The ad in question accuses Kerr of covering up a scandal at Brown Deer that broke in 2009. Underly did not apologize for it.

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