State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor delivered her first annual State of Education Address today at the State Capitol in Madison. While she trumpeted Wisconsin schools successes she also expressed concern for persistent gaps and working towards equity in educational achievement, access and opportunity.
She called the funding increases included in the most recent state budget a down-payment for improving student achievement and committed to working with the governor and legislature going forward to improve educational outcomes.
Excerpts of the speech from DPI: Continue reading State Supt. Stanford Taylor delivers State of Education Address; emphasizes collaboration for educational equity
Three years after ruling otherwise, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has reversed course and ruled that the state superintendent and the Department of Public Instruction must submit proposed administrative rules to the governor for approval as is required of all other state agencies.
Today’s 4-2 ruling overturned a 2016 decision that the state superintendent was exempt from the requirements. In this decision, the majority ruled that while the constitution provides the state superintendent the authority to supervise public education, the Legislature grants the authority to promulgate rules and, thus, the Legislature can set limits on that authority. Continue reading WI Supreme Court rules state superintendent must seek governor’s approval in rule-making
From DPI: “Governor-elect and State Superintendent Tony Evers announced today his intention to appoint current Assistant State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor as the next state superintendent following his oath of office on Jan. 7.
“Stanford Taylor is the first female, African-American appointed to serve as an assistant state superintendent. She will be Wisconsin’s first African-American state superintendent of public instruction. Carolyn currently oversees the Special Education Team, one of the agency’s largest teams; the Student Services / Prevention and Wellness Team, which focuses on student safety, support, and engagement; and the residential schools for students who are blind and visually impaired in Janesville and students who are deaf and hard of hearing in Delavan. She is the 2018 Virginia Hart Special Recognition recipient, an honor bestowed by the Department of Administration, Division of Personnel Management, to female state employees who are making a difference through their service to Wisconsin.”
The WASB applauds the choice of Carolyn Stanford Taylor to be the next state superintendent of public instruction and looks forward to working with her on supporting, promoting and advancing public education in Wisconsin.
Full DPI Release: Carolyn Stanford Taylor to be appointed next state superintendent
Candidates Tony Evers and Lowell Holtz will meet in a WASB–sponsored State Superintendent Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 15, as part of the WASB Day at the Capitol event.
The forum will take place from about 11:45 a.m. until about 1:00 p.m. in the Community Terrace, Level 2 of the Monona Terrace Convention Center, overlooking beautiful Lake Monona.
Both candidates have committed to participate in the lunch-hour forum, in which questions provide in advance will be asked by a moderator. Among the media who will be covering the event are WisconsinEye, Wispolitics.com, the Associated Press and several Madison-area media outlets.
It is not too late to decide to attend the Day at the Capitol event. On-site registration is available. Continue reading WASB State Superintendent Candidate Forum Set for Wednesday
According to Molly Beck of the Wisconsin State Journal:
“State Superintendent Tony Evers easily advanced through Tuesday’s primary election and will face former Beloit and Whitnall superintendent Lowell Holtz in the April 4 general election.
“Evers, seeking a third term as state superintendent, garnered about 69 percent of the votes counted as of late Tuesday night, well more than double what his opponents drew combined. Holtz received around 23 percent.
“Third candidate John Humphries, a former Dodgeville School District administrator, drew about 7 percent of the vote and was eliminated.”
Read More: Tony Evers, Lowell Holtz advance in state superintendent race
Evers and Holtz have been invited to participate in a candidate forum at WASB Day at the Capitol on March 15.
As we have mentioned here before, Tuesday, February 21 is the Spring Primary election. On the ballot will be the primary to determine the two finalists for State Superintendent of Public Instruction as well as several school referenda.
For voting logistics information (Where do I vote? What’s on my local ballot? How do I register?) go to the My Vote Wisconsin website.
The WASB does not endorse candidates but we encourage you to research where they stand on this issues and vote for your preferred candidate. Below are resources to find more information about the candidates: Continue reading VOTE Feb. 21 for State Superintendent Finalists and School Referenda
According to Molly Beck of the Wisconsin State Journal, “John Humphries wants schools that persistently do not meet state standards to be converted into private voucher or charter schools, or a new model of public school or some other governance model.”
He told the State Journal if elected, he would propose to bid out management of low-performing schools on the state report card to any kind of school operator, including to private voucher operators, different public school models or others. Continue reading Candidate for State Supt. Humphries Supports Converting Low Performing Schools; State School Board