A controversial proposal by state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) to make the position of the state superintendent of public instruction appointed by the governor rather than elected in the spring has been introduced in the state Assembly.
Assembly Joint Resolution 84 would amend section 1 of article X of the constitution; relating to: appointment of the state superintendent of public instruction by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate (first consideration). It has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This proposed constitutional amendment, proposed to the 2015 legislature on first consideration, provides that the state superintendent of public instruction shall be nominated by the governor and, with the advice and consent of the senate, appointed to serve at the pleasure of the governor. Currently, the state superintendent is elected in a non-partisan state-wide election, to serve a four-year term.
A proposed constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive legislatures, and ratification by the people at a statewide referendum vote, before it becomes effective.