State Superintendent Would be Appointed by Governor Under Proposal

Wisconsin’s state superintendent of public instruction would be appointed by the governor, rather than elected by voters, under a proposed constitutional amendment being circulated for co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-West Allis).

Under current law, the head of the Department of Public Instruction is elected by voters for a four-year term in the spring election. Tony Evers has held the position since 2009.

A proposed constitutional amendment requires approval by the Legislature in two consecutive sessions and ratification from statewide voters at the ballot box to be adopted.

WASB has a long standing Resolution on the books opposing this proposal:

5.20 Elected State Superintendent The WASB supports the present system of an elected state superintendent who will serve as the head of the state education agency, supervise public education, implement laws affecting public education and be answerable to the electorate. (1975-7)

Read More: Wisconsin State Journal; Capital Times; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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