Gary Bennett, a former public school teacher, will begin April 1, according to the UW System.
He will establish and lead the new Office of Educational Opportunity, an entity proposed by Darling and other Republican legislators and approved last year as part of the state’s biennial budget process.
The office will have the ability to bypass local school boards and directly authorize new charter schools in districts with more than 25,000 students. Currently, that’s just Madison and Milwaukee.
A majority of the Madison school board rejected the proposed Madison Preparatory IB charter school several years ago.