GOP lawmaker wants governor to appoint school superintendent
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican legislator has proposed changing the Wisconsin Constitution to allow the governor to pick the state schools superintendent rather than voters.
The constitution establishes a statewide election for superintendent every four years. The position is officially nonpartisan but current Superintendent Tony Evers has Democratic support. He also adopted the Common Core academic standards, which Republican have been pushing to scrap.
Rep. Joe Sanfelippo of New Berlin announced Monday he is circulating a constitutional amendment that would allow the governor to appoint the superintendent. He says every other state agency is led by an appointed administrator and called the superintendent election a popularity contest controlled by special interests.
The amendment would have to pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum to take effect.