Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Number of schools: 2,211
Number of school districts: 424
Graduation rate: 90%
Per-pupil spending: $11,453
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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction possessed limited powers through its first century of existence. In 1849, the Superintendent of Public Instruction was tasked with school inspections, curriculum recommendations and distribution of revenues from public land sales. Authority over teacher licensing, curriculum development and assessment fell to county superintendents into the early 20th century. The Wisconsin State Legislature authorized the department to license state teachers in 1939. The department gained authority over special education in 1947 and high school graduation requirements in 1983.
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- Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, "Wisconsin and U.S. Constitutions," Accessed January 14, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Wisconsin Information System for Education," January 14, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "District and School Report Cards Home," Accessed January 14, 2014
- Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, "Wisconsin Blue Book 2013-2014: Executive," Accessed January 14, 2014