State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor announced today that she will not to run in the 2021 election for state superintendent of public instruction.
“I am honored to have been appointed by Governor Evers to lead the Department of Public Instruction and will always be grateful to the governor for the trust he placed in naming me as his successor,” Stanford Taylor said in a statement. “I promised Governor Evers I would commit to completing the 2 1/2 years left in his term as state superintendent and to continue the work we had started together at the DPI, and I will maintain that commitment while I serve this office.”
Stanford Taylor says she is making her decision public at this time so others interested in being the state’s chief education officer and leading the department will have sufficient time to organize their campaigns, according to a press release, adding that she hopes her successor will continue to maintain a focus on educational equity and ensure all of Wisconsin’s students graduate college and career ready.
“Every child in this state deserves the chance, the opportunity, and the supports to become a success,” Stanford Taylor said in a statement. “This will only happen if we — educators, the governor, legislators, parents, and community members — work together to make sure every student has what they need to learn when they need it.”
Gov. Tony Evers appointed Stanford Taylor to the office in January 2019, and her term ends July 2021.