The members of the PSC are appointed by the State Superintendent and then are considered agency officials of the Department of Public Instruction. Council members are recommended by education labor unions, professional organizations and institutions of higher education. The council is comprised of 19 members consisting of teachers, administrators, pupil service personnel, higher education academicians, parents, school board members, and a teacher in training. Council membership consists of:
- Two persons licensed and actively employed as elementary teachers in public schools.
- Two persons licensed and actively employed as middle school or high school teachers in public schools.
- Two persons licensed and actively employed as pupil service professionals in public schools.
- One person licensed and actively employed as a special education teacher in a public school.
- Two additional persons licensed and actively employed as teachers in public schools.
- One person licensed and actively employed as a teacher in a private school.
- One public school administrator.
- One public school principal.
- One faculty member of a department of education in the University of Wisconsin System.
- One faculty member of a department of education in a private college.
- One additional faculty member appointed from a list of recommended public and private university instructors.
- Two members of public school boards.
- One person who is a parent with a child in public school.
- One person who is a student in a teacher preparation program located in the state that leads to initial licensure as a teacher.
Each council member serves a three-year term, except for the student member who serves a two-year term. All terms are staggered to ensure the council has ongoing experience. Council members must fill out a Statement of Economic Interest.
For Annual Membership Rosters, please see Appendix C.
For each vacancy on the council, the group or entity authorized to recommend members is required to submit the names of three qualified persons to the State Superintendent. All appointments must be confirmed by the State Senate. Attendance at the confirmation hearing is not required of PSC appointees.
As representative on the council, following are some recommended guidelines to consider:
- Become familiar with Wis. Admin Code PI 34, in particular provisions that have direct impact on the population you represent.
- Be aware of new rules/guidelines that may be developed that will have direct impact on the population you represent.
- Gather information/points of view from other professionals in your work environment or constituents you may represent that may widen your perspective as a council member.