Indiana State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick announced that she would not seek re-election.
While sharing the Indiana Department of Education’s 2019 priorities, McCormick shared the news that she would not pursue a second term in office.
McCormick cited the structure of the government as her primary reason for wanting to leave the position when her term is up:
“We can get things done for kids but when the governance structure is becoming a problem for kids that’s not why I intended to get into office,” said McCormick.
It’s also worth noting that McCormick, being a strong supporter of traditional public schools, has had a few disagreements with her Republican colleagues about charters and school vouchers… ironically not unlike her democratic predecessor Glenda Ritz.
This development is significant because the general assembly recently voted to make the position of state superintendent a political appointee of the governor. Meaning that McCormick could be the last superintendent to actually be chosen directly by the voters.