Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
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Agency Profile
Superintendent:Tony Evers
Employees:635
Year founded:1848
Website:Department Home Page
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction oversees public K-12 education and public libraries in Wisconsin. The department was created in 1848 after ratification of the Wisconsin State Constitution. Article X, Section 1 of the Constitution created the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction to supervise public education.[1] The department managed 2,211 schools and 871,551 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[2][3]

History

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 annual 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.[4]

Structure

Mission

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction published a statement of agency responsibility in the 2013-2014 Wisconsin Blue Book:[4]

The Department of Public Instruction provides direction and technical assistance for public elementary and secondary education in Wisconsin. The department offers a broad range of programs and professional services to local school administrators and staff. It distributes state school aids and administers federal aids to supplement local tax resources, improves curriculum and school operations, ensures education for children with disabilities, offers professional guidance and counseling, and develops school and public library resources.[5]

Leadership

The current Superintendent of Public Instruction is Tony Evers. The following list details his cabinet officials:[4]

  • Deputy State Superintendent: Mike Thompson
  • Executive Assistant: Jessica Justman
  • Special Assistant: Scott Jones
  • Chief Legal Counsel: Janet Jenkins
  • Director of Education Information Services: John Johnson
  • Legislative Liaison: Jennifer Kammerud

Departmental divisions

The Department of Public Instruction has five divisions managed by assistant superintendents listed below:[4]

  • Division of Academic Excellence: Sheila Briggs
  • Division of Finance and Management: Brian Pahnke
  • Division of Learning Support: Carolyn Stanford Taylor
  • Division of Libraries and Technology: Kurt Kiefer
  • Division of Student and School Success: Lynette Russell

Organizational chart

The following chart outlines the organizational structure of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:[4]

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Budget

The Wisconsin State Legislature approved the following biennial budget for the Department of Public Instruction through the 2015 fiscal year:[6]

Recent news

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