Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $4,804,349
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the Governor
Authority:  Virginia Code, Title 22.1, Chapter 3, Section 1
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Patricia Wright
Assumed office:  October 1, 2008
Compensation:  $175,467
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The Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction is an appointed position in the Virginia state government. The superintendent is the chief education officer in the commonwealth and serves as secretary of the Board of Education.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Patricia Wright, first appointed by former Governor Tim Kaine in 2008. Wright succeeded Dr. Billy Cannaday.

Authority

The position of superintendent is created in Title 22.1, Chapter 3 of the Code of Virginia.

Title 22.1, Chapter 3, Section 1:

The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall be appointed by the Governor, after consultation with the Board of Education among others, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly, for a term coincident with that of the Governor making the appointment. Any vacancy shall be filled in the same manner. The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall be an experienced educator.

Qualifications

Under state law, the "Superintendent of Public Instruction shall be an experienced educator."[1]

Appointments

Title 2.2, Chapter 4, Section 200 of the Code of Virginia authorizes the governor to appoint the secretaries of: state, agriculture and forestry, education and natural resources, among others. The appointments are subject to confirmation by the state General Assembly and the appointees, with the exception of the secretary of state, "hold office at the pleasure of the Governor."[2] For the superintendent, the governor must also consult with the State Board of Education before making an appointment.[1]

Vacancies

Any vacancies in the office of superintendent shall be filled in the same manner as an officeholder is appointed: the Governor of Virginia consults with the State Board of Education and appoints a successor, subject to confirmation from the Virginia General Assembly.[1]

Duties

According to Title 22.1, Chapter 3 of the Code of Virginia,[3] the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall:

  1. Serve as secretary of the Board of Education;
  2. Provide such assistance in his office as shall be necessary for the proper and uniform enforcement of the provisions of the school laws in cooperation with the local school authorities;
  3. Prepare and furnish such forms for attendance officers, teachers and other school officials as are required by law;
  4. (Expires July 1, 2015) At least annually, survey all local school divisions to identify critical shortages of teachers and administrative personnel by geographic area, by school division, or by subject matter, and report such critical shortages to each local school division and to the Virginia Retirement System;
  5. Along with the State Health Commissioner, work to combat childhood obesity and other chronic health conditions that affect school-age children; and
  6. Perform such other duties as the Board of Education may prescribe.

Divisions

The Virginia Department of Education is made up of the following divisions:[4]

  • Student Assessment and School Improvement
  • Finance and Operations
  • Instruction
  • Policy and Communications
  • Special Education and Student Services
  • Teacher Education and Licensure
  • Technology, Career and Adult Education

State budget

The budget for the Secretary of Education's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $.[5]

Compensation

In 2011, the Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction was paid an estimated $167,111, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

Contact information

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218

Physical Address:
James Monroe Building
101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: 804-225-2023
Email: Patricia.Wright@doe.virginia.gov

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