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Jill Underly PhotoThe Department of Public Instruction is the state agency that advances public education and libraries in Wisconsin.

It is headed by the state superintendent of public instruction, a nonpartisan, constitutional officer elected every four years. State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly, the current officeholder, is 28th person to hold the post.

The agency was created in 1848, the year Wisconsin attained statehood when the state constitution provided for the establishment of local school districts and a free education for all children in the state.

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Locations and Contact Information

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – Headquarters 

Please schedule an appointment to meet with DPI staff, prior to coming to the GEF3 building. Any unscheduled walk-ins to the GEF3 building will be greeted at the Plaza level and asked to schedule a future appointment. All DPI visitors must enter through the Webster Street doors, and check in at the security desk on the plaza level. Visitors will be escorted to their meeting location after checking in.

Street Address / Shipping Address:

125 South Webster Street
Madison, WI 53703-3474
Phone: (800) 441-4563 (U.S. Only) / 608-266-3390

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841

Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

1700 West State Street
Janesville, WI 53546
Phone: 800-832-9784 (WI Only)

Wisconsin School for the Deaf

309 West Walworth Avenue
Delavan, WI 53115
Phone: 262-728-7120

Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Program Offices



801 Lake Shore Drive W.
Ashland, WI 54806
Phone: 715-682-7975

Eau Claire

402 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Phone: 715-836-3171

Green Bay

2140 Holmgren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
Phone: 920-492-5745


1555 N Rivercenter Drive, Suite 210
Milwaukee, WI 53212-3958
Phone: 414-227-4466


2600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 274
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: 715-842-0871