State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor will not seek re-election

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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (left) and State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor participated in a visit to a Madison school in January. (Photo: Associated Press)

Public schools superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said Monday that she would not seek another warrant to oversee Wisconsin schools.

The announcement comes just a year after Stanford Taylor was appointed head of the State Department of Education, the state’s education agency.

“I am honored to have been appointed by Governor Evers to head the Department of Public Education and I will always be grateful to the Governor for the confidence he has placed in appointing me his successor,” she said. said in a statement.

Stanford Taylor was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to replace him as state superintendent after being elected governor in 2018.

Stanford Taylor, a longtime Madison teacher, is the first black state superintendent in Wisconsin history and worked at DPI for almost 20 years and spent 21 years previously working in Madison schools, first as a teacher, then as an administrator.

Her daughter works in the Madison School District as an administrator.

The Director General of Public Education is an elected state-wide position. Taylor will serve the remainder of Evers’ current term – until 2021.

Stanford Taylor said on Monday that she had made her announcement a year before the end of her term “so that others interested in being the state director of education and running the department would have enough time to organize their campaigns. “

The 2021 race will be the first time in 20 years that a holder has failed to run to lead the DPI state. It is also the first open race since the collective bargaining measure known as Bill 10 has dramatically reduced the purchasing power of the state’s largest teacher union, the Wisconsin Education Association Council, which spends generally on behalf of candidates for DPI races.

Contact Molly Beck at molly.beck@jrn.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MollyBeck.

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