Indiana moves closer to making the state superintendent an appointed position.

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By Andrew Pillow

The state of Indiana currently has an elected superintendent position. A bill that just passed the full senate would change that.

House Bill 1005 would essentially change the state superintendent job from an elected to appointed position. The language of the bill technically specifies that the elected state superintendent position would be abolished, then immediately replaced by the governor appointed “secretary of education” position.

Governor Eric Holcomb praised the senate’s decision on twitter:

This change has been a goal of republicans since Holcomb took office. Many have theorized that this is directly a result of the much publicized strained relationship between former governor Mike Pence and former state superintendent Glenda Ritz.

See the bill here. (iga.in.gov)

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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.