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Don Hansler

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Don Hansler
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Candidate for
Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction
Don Hansler was a candidate for Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction in the 2012 elections.

Hansler is a former math and science teacher.[1]

Retiring in 1982, Hansler went on to write a textbook on teacher and worked as an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University. He has said, “Most of my ideas are unconventional. A few people call them radical.” These include establishing a teacher bonus system based on parent evaluations and limiting state-mandated testing to grades five, eight and 11.[2]



See also: Washington down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Hansler ran for Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012. He faced incumbent Randy Dorn, James Bauckman, Ronald Higgins and John Patterson Blair in the blanket primary on August 7.[3] Hansler did not advance to the general election.[4]

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction, Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRandy I. Dorn 56.2% 634,314
Green check mark transparent.pngRonald L. (Ron) Higgins 15.3% 172,331
James Bauckman 13.2% 149,370
Don Hansler 9.2% 104,260
John Patterson Blair 6% 67,898
Total Votes 1,128,173
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State (dead link).


Hansler ran for Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2008. He took third place in the primary with 8.98% of the vote.[5]

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