State Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) announced today that he has authored a resolution to make the state superintendent a political appointee instead of an elected official.
Under Sanfelippo's proposal, the state superintendent would be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. He argues the change would result in the most qualified candidate receiving the job and allow the Legislature to hold the position accountable for education outcomes.
“For too many years DPI has been able to deflect blame for its failures and rebuff desperately needed reforms by hiding behind the fact that its superintendent is an elected official,” said Sanfelippo in a press statement. “The state’s school system needs to be improved and the only way we can do that is by holding DPI more accountable, and with an appointed superintendent, we can do exactly that.”
Wisconsin voters currently elect a state superintendent every four years.