GREEN BAY — The most hotly contested statewide race heading into the April 4, 2017 general election will be that of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Current Superintendent Tony Evers is facing a challenge from Lowel Holtz, superintendent of the Whitnall School District, John Humphries of the Dodgeville School District and Richard Melcher, a teacher at Racine Park High School.
Brief bios are HERE.
The top two vote getters in the Feb. 21, 2017 primary advance to the general election.
The Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools provided each candidate with a questionnaire.
The candidates’ responses are published in entirety HERE.
All four candidates Superintendent of Public Instruction were asked to list their current position and qualifications/experience, and to respond in 250 words or less to the following six questions:
1. What do you believe is the role of the State Superintendent in relation to public education in Wisconsin?
2. In your view, what is the most pressing issue facing public education in Wisconsin, and how would you address it if elected?
3. What changes in school funding will you promote in order to direct resources to districts, schools, and students based on their unique needs, such as geographical location (particularly urban and rural communities), poverty, English language learners and students with disabilities or mental health issues? If you would prioritize funding or resources in one or more of these areas, explain why.
4. What is your position on publicly-funded private school vouchers (including statewide expansion and special needs vouchers) and privately operated (non-instrumentality) charter schools?
5. How do you propose addressing Wisconsin’s teacher shortage?
6. Identify and explain one principled stand you would be willing to take, if elected, that you suspect might cost you some popularity points.