Governor-elect Holcomb wants superintendent spot to be appointed, not elected

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By Andrew Pillow

Governor-elect Eric Holcomb has started unveiling his plans for his tenure in office. One of them would appear to be to switch the state’s highest education office from an elected position, to an appointed position.

That spot is currently occupied by Glenda Ritz. It is no secret that Glenda Ritz and Governor Mike Pence did not see eye to eye on many issues. The superintendent and the governor had an adversarial relationship at best. Holcomb appears to admit that this is the primary reasoning behind the move.

“This is not about the person, me or the superintendent,” Holcomb says. “This is about the position and how they can be aligned to work truly together.”

The bill to make the switch is expected to be filed next week.

In most states the superintendent is already an appointed position, however this proposal will likely be controversial as many people are already calling it a political move.

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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.