The State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction is a democratically-elected position in Wisconsin.

What is the State Superintendent?

The State Superintendent of DPI:

  • Manages the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Oversees public schools and libraries
  • Seeks and promotes ways to improve schools
  • Evaluates performance of schools
  • Serves four-year terms with no limit on terms
  • Serves on the UW System Board of Regents

More information about this role can be found on the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Fact Sheet.

Superintendent Election

Candidates for this position will appear on the Spring 2021 ballots:

  • Spring Primary – Tuesday, February 16 – The two candidates who receive the most votes during this primary election will move on to the general election.
  • Spring General – Tuesday, April 6 – The candidate who receives the most votes will be elected superintendent.

Candidate Information

Information about All Candidates

Sheila Briggs

Joe Fenrick

Troy Gunderson

Shandowlyon (Shawn) Hendricks-Williams

Deborah Kerr

Steve Krull

Jill Underly