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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

The Department of Public Instruction is the state agency that advances public education and libraries in Wisconsin.

It is headed by the state superintendent of public instruction, a nonpartisan, constitutional officer elected every four years. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, the current officeholder, is 27th person to hold the post.

The agency was created in 1848, the year Wisconsin attained statehood when the state constitution provided for the establishment of local school districts and a free education for all children in the state.