McCormick Defeats Ritz

By Andrew Pillow

It has been a night of surprising election results. Add another to the list. Jennifer McCormick has defeated Glenda Ritz in the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction race. The newcomer McCormick defeated the incumbent Ritz, in a surprising upset by almost 7 percentage points.

Ritz was seen as the favorite but ultimately fell to the upstart on election night… ironically, not unlike the manner in which she upset her own predecessor, Tony Bennett.

McCormick seemed to be well aware of Ritz’s past success against Bennett and therefore attempted to distance herself from him the entire election. Even going as far as to say specifically “I’m not Tony Bennett”.

McCormick inherits a Department of Education that is still working to replace the ISTEP, Indiana’s main standardized test.

Read more here. (Indy Star)

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.