WISCONSIN STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: PRIMARY CANDIDATES

As of this writing, following a primary election where 7 candidates competed, Jill Underly and Deb Kerr are the two remaining candidates that will progress to the general election. Underly and Kerr will be on the election ballot for State Superintendent of Public Instruction on April 6. This is the job that Governor Tony Evers held for so long. It is technically a non-partisan office but political parties often support certain candidates based upon their shared values or policy ideas.

We have compiled background information, news articles, and nomination papers for download on each candidate’s page.

WHAT DOES THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION DO?

Here are the current State Superintendent’s priorities for the agency:

OUR MISSION: Educational Equity—every student has what they need to learn when they need it.

FIVE FOCUS AREAS

Effective Instruction: Each student is taught by teachers using high quality, standards-aligned, culturally responsive materials and practices.

School and Instructional Leadership: Each student’s needs are met in schools led by high quality and effective educators.

Family and Community Engagement: Each student attends a school that authentically engages with families, communities, and libraries.

Safe and Supported Students: Each student learns in an environment that promotes social, emotional, and physical well-being and removes barriers to learning.

Meaningful Relationships with Students: Each student has meaningful connections with at least one adult in their school.

Check out the official page with lots of great info and resources right here.

LIST OF CANDIDATES, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Updated Information on Candidates

Sheila Briggs

Joe Fenrick

Troy Gunderson

Shandowlyon Hendricks-Williams

Deb Kerr

Steve Krull

Jill Underly

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