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|Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction|
Hansler is a former math and science teacher.
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.
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. Hansler did not advance to the general election.
|Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction, Primary, 2012|
|Randy I. Dorn||56.2%||634,314|
|Ronald L. (Ron) Higgins||15.3%||172,331|
|John Patterson Blair||6%||67,898|
|Election Results via Washington Secretary of State (dead link).|
- Spokesman Review, "2012 Washington primary – Don Hansler," accessed June 29, 2012
- ‘’The News Tribune,” April 13, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "2012 primary candidates," accessed May 18, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "August 07, 2012 Primary Results," accessed August 9, 2012 (dead link)
- ‘’Washington Secretary of State, “August 19, 2008 primary results,” accessed May 18, 2012