Written by Tony Evers for State Superintendent, Amanda Brink
Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:21
Then Superintendent Lowell Holtz composed emails during the work day at the Whitnall School District to solicit campaign contributions and support from high level Republican political donors.
MADISON - News reports broke Saturday that while he was Superintendent of Whitnall School District, Lowell Holtz, used his tax-payer funded work day and school resources to compose emails to benefit his campaign. Dated May 25th, 2016, the email includes references to American Majority, Milwaukee Republican Caucus, Tommy Thompson, Governor Walker, Robin Vos, Scott Fitzgerald and Don Pridemore.
The last two weeks have uncovered a lot about Lowell Holtz. First - he has completely reversed his position on allowing school districts to adopt their own curriculum standards. Followed by Holtz plotting with unnamed business leaders to seize control of Wisconsin’s 5 largest school districts, and pay himself a $150,000 salary in the process.
Now we learn that while he was superintendent, Holtz was using tax-payer funded school resources and time to solicit campaign contributions and support from high level Republican donors.
It is clear that voters can’t trust Lowell Holtz to provide them with the full story. I’m almost afraid to ask: what will we find out next?
Laura supports teacher retention, amplifying the important link between our local economy and good public schools, and changing the negative narrative we hear so often with respect to our schools and the teachers and staff who work in them.
GREEN BAY, WI - Our family is proud to have lived and worked in Green Bay for almost 18 years.
For many of those years I focused on raising our two daughters, but I have also served my community as a board member of our neighborhood association, the Brown County Historical Society, and the Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization (NEWDO). I am also proud to have been appointed by the governor to serve on the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board.
I am a graduate of New London Senior High and UW-Whitewater. As each year passes, I become more aware of the role those public schools played in shaping who I am today. I believe that supporting strong public schools and the dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff who lead them is essential to the well-being of our families, our communities and our economy.
Our daughters are proud graduates of Aldo Leopold Community School and Green Bay East (Go Red Devils!). We are thankful for the excellent education and guidance they received in the Green Bay Area Public School District.
I look forward to the opportunity to give back to our community and contribute to its long tradition of strong public education by serving as a Trustee on the Green Bay School Board. Election Day is April 4, and I hope I can count on your support.
I invite you to share your thoughts and ideas with me.
Vote for Evers shows Wisconsinites want a strong public education system based on excellent educators, motivated parents, and active community leaders all working together to provide our children with the preparation they need to be successful in life.
MADISON - For decades, a strong public education system opened doors of opportunity for millions of Wisconsinites. And last night, the voters came out in support of our public schools and the 860,000 public school children all across our state.
"The message from the voters was clear last night," Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby said on Wednesday. "Wisconsinites want a strong public education system based on excellent educators, motivated parents, and active community leaders all working together to provide our children with the preparation they need to be successful in life."
There is only one candidate in race truly committed to public schools, State Superintendent Tony Evers who received 69 percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary. His opponent, Lowell Holtz, has spent his campaign flip-flopping on education issues and following the lead of the pro-unaccountable private voucher school advocates who promise to pour money into his campaign.
"Holtz publicly endorsed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos and her record of supporting privatizing public schools across the country," said Weathersby. "Holtz also proposed and discussed a House of Cards-style election bribe in exchange for the support of his conservative rival in during the primary. Making Holtz not only an enemy of public education but a self-dealing opportunist who will put himself before Wisconsin's schoolchildren."