Newsmakers: Improving Literacy in Wisconsin – A Conversation with Rep. Kitchens and Thomas McCarthy
On April 24, 2023, WisconsinEye’s Newsmakers with Lisa Pugh was joined by Representative Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Thomas McCarthy, Executive Director of the Office of the State Superintendent at the Department of Public Instruction for a discussion on improving literacy. Despite Wisconsin’s significant partisan divide – the issue of how to teach reading to children is shaping up as an area of potential bi-partisan agreement. GOP legislators have been meeting with DPI and the Governor’s office to find a compromise to address concerns about the state’s lagging student achievement scores. But so far, the deal is not final.