I don’t think this would ever pass in Wisconsin, but it’s a good idea.
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.
For the uninitiated, in Wisconsin the state school superintendent is a statewide constitutionally elected office. In most states, the department of education is just another executive agency, but in Wisconsin it’s a standalone organization. BUT, it is still funded as part of the executive branch, so we end up with this strange friction. The purpose for this was to set education policy above politics by removing it from the three branches of government. The result has been that education is just as subject to politics as it ever was, but it’s a standalone office.
As it stands, everyone in the state holds the governor responsible for the state of public education anyway, so why not put it in the executive branch where he or she actually controls the entire state public education apparatus?