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Department of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Duties

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Arizona Constitution - Article 11, Section 2. Conduct and supervision of school system.
Section 2. The general conduct and supervision of the public school system shall be vested in a state board of education, a state superintendent of public instruction, county school superintendents, and such governing boards for the state institutions as may be provided by law.

A.R.S. § 15-231. Department of education
A. There is created a department of education.
B. The department shall be administered through:
1. The state board of education which shall be the policy determining body of the department.
2. The superintendent of public instruction in whom all executive, administrative and ministerial functions of the department are vested and who is the executive officer of the State Board of Education.
C. In addition to any divisions established by law, the superintendent of public instruction may establish such divisions as in the judgment of the superintendent of public instruction are necessary for the proper transaction of the business of the department.
D. The department shall be conducted under the control of the superintendent of public instruction.

Arizona Constitution Article 11. Section 4. State superintendent of public instruction; board membership; powers and duties
Section 4. The state superintendent of public instruction shall be a member, and secretary, of the state board of education, and, ex officio, a member of any other board having control of public instruction in any state institution. His powers and duties shall be prescribed by law.

A.R.S. § 15-251. Powers and duties
The superintendent of public instruction shall:
1. Superintend the schools of this state.
2. Request the auditor general to investigate when necessary the accounts of school monies kept by any state, county or district officer.
3. Subject to supervision by the state board of education, apportion to the several counties the monies to which each county is entitled for the year. Apportionment shall be made as provided in Chapter 9 of this title.
4. Direct the work of all employees of the board who shall be employees of the department of education.
5. Execute, under the direction of the state board of education, the policies which have been decided upon by the state board.
6. Direct the performance of executive, administrative or ministerial functions by the department of education or divisions or employees thereof.

Superintendents of Public Instruction Since Statehood

1912-1920

Charles O. Case

 

 
Charles O. Case
   
     

1921-1922

Elsie Toles

 

 
Elsie Toles
   
     

1923-1932

Charles O. Case

 

 

 
Charles O. Case
   
     

1933-1940

Herman E. Hendrix

 

 
Herman E. Hendrix
   
     

1941-1946

E.D. "Ed" Ring

 

 
E.D. "Ed" Ring
   
     

1947

Nolan D. Pulliam

 

Pulliam left office to become an assistant to the director of the U.S. Office of Education in Washington D.C.
Nolan D. Pulliam
   
     

1947-1948

L.D. Klemmedson

 

Klemmedson was appointed in September of 1947 to fill the unexpired term of Nolan D. Pulliam.
L.D. Klemmedson
   
     

1949-1954

M.L. Brooks

 

 
M.L. Brooks
   
     

1955-1957

C.L. Harkins

 

 
C.L. Harkins
   
     

1957-1958

M.L. Brooks

 

 

M.L. Brooks
   
     

1959-1964

W.W. "Skipper" Dick

 

 
W.W. "Skipper" Dick
   
     

1965-1969

Sarah Folsom

 

Folsom died in June of 1969.
Sarah Folsom
   
     

1969-1974

Weldon P. Shofstall

 

Shofstall was appointed in June 1969 to fill unexpired term of Sarah Folsom.

Shofstall was the first Superintendent to be elected to a four-year term.

Weldon P. Shofstall
   
     

1975-1986

Carolyn Warner

 

 
Carolyn Warner
   
     

1987-1995

C. Diane Bishop

 

 
C. Diane Bishop
   
     

1995-2001

Lisa Graham Keegan

 

Lisa Graham Keegan announced her resignation Thursday, May 3, 2001, in Phoenix. She accepted the job as chief executive for a Washington, D.C.-based school reform think tank.
Lisa Graham Keegan
   
     

2001-2002

Jaime A. Molera

 

Jaime Molera was appointed by Gov. Jane D. Hull on May 10, 2001. He was director of Policy and Federal Regulations under the Graham Keegan administration.
Jaime A. Molera
   
     

2003-2010

Tom Horne

Republican

Republican

 

Tom Horne