Excerpt: School finance has been a hot topic of late, with a statewide coalition called the School Finance Network presenting its proposal for funding reform earlier this year.
The next state superintendent can have an important role to play when it comes to how schools are funded, said Tony Klaubauf, superintendent of the Denmark School District.
"One of the ways they can be leaders is taking the lead or emphasizing that we have to have a fair and equitable funding system for schools," Klaubauf said.
The new state superintendent also will have an important role to play with President Barack Obama's administration, said Green Bay School District Superintendent Greg Maass.
"I think with the new administration in Washington, there'll be strong connections, I think, with the state superintendents to the Department of Education," Maass said. "Secretary (Arne) Duncan is going to be very visible."