Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, headquartered in Madison, is the state education and public library management agency in the state of Wisconsin. [1] The department is led by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a non-partisan, constitutional officer elected every four years in the spring primary, six months after the previous year's presidential election.

Carolyn Stanford Taylor is the current superintendent, appointed by Tony Evers, the current governor of Wisconsin (elected superintendent in 2009, 2013 and 2017) upon his assumption of the governor's office on January 7, 2019. [1] [2] Supported by public tax levies and the free school movement, public school attendance in Wisconsin has increased from 14,000 students in 1846 [3] to 870,470 students in the 2011-2012 school year. [4]

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  1. 1 2 Home page. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved on February 6, 2012.
  2. Beck, Molly (27 December 2018). "Tony Evers to appoint longtime Madison educator as next state schools chief". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. Wisconsin Magazine of History Wisconsin Magazine of History: Vol 33, No 1, Sept 1949. Retrieved on November 18, 2013.
  4. WISEdash WISEdash: Wisconsin Information System for Education Data Dashboard. Retrieved on November 18, 2013.