About Wisconsin

About Wisconsin

Wisconsin has a Department of Public Instruction and a State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Wisconsin does not have a State Board, but the State Superintendent is elected to a 4-year term.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • State Board Members: None

  • Education Authorities: Department of Public Instruction; State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Tony Evers

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Jill Underly

  • State School Board Members: None

  • Local school board members: The easiest way to contact your local school board members is to use an online search tool like XQ or simply look up your school district’s website online. There will almost always be a section of the district website listing the names and contact information of your local school board members. If their contact information is not listed, call your school’s office to request that information.

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Education Stats And Facts

  • School Choice Wisconsin reports that the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, launched in 1990, was the country’s first school choice program that allowed low-income families to attend private schools. In 1995, the program grew to include religious schools. Now, Wisconsin has four private school choice programs: in addition to the Milwaukee program, there’s one in Racine, one statewide, and one for special needs children.

    Additionally, Wisconsin offers some open enrollment within and outside of school districts. Other public school options in Wisconsin include charter and magnet schools. Families may also choose to homeschool their children; it is required to notify the state.





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