State Capitol Report: School budget debate heating up, Child care losing federal pandemic aid

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Orange tulips in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol
The Wisconsin State Capitol on Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Madison, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

First, the head of the state Department of Public Instruction discusses school funding priorities. Then, the Department of Children and Families secretary talks about budget goals and child care funding as federal pandemic aid expires.

Featured in this Show

  • State superintendent weighs in on budget priorities

    State Superintendent Jill Underly is urging the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee to approve Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget plan to grow state funding for K-12 schools by $2.6 billion. Underly joins the program to discuss school funding as the committee starts voting to craft its own budget plan.

  • As Legislature crafts its budget plan, top state official outlines child care priorities

    When pandemic relief aid ends next year, advocates warn finding affordable child care could become harder in Wisconsin. We discuss the challenges facing child care with state Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Emilie Amundson.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Trevor Hook Producer
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Royce Podeszwa Technical Director
  • Jill Underly Guest
  • Emilie Amundson Guest