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Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction: Republican Jennifer McCormick elected

Photo courtesy of McCormick's election page

Republican candidate Jennifer McCormick has been elected as Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Before running for office, McCormick was a superintendent, principal and educator in the Yorktown Community School Corporation.

She also held the position as secretary of the board for Ivy Tech East Central Region.

McCormick was up for the position against the previous Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Democrat Glenda Ritz.

Ritz was the only Democrat among Indiana's elected state officeholders for the past four years. She clashed frequently with Republican Gov. Mike Pence and GOP lawmakers over issues such as administration of the A-F school ratings system and expansion of the state's private school voucher and charter school programs.

McCormick will be involved in upcoming debates over the state's selection of a new standardized exam to replace the much-maligned ISTEP and the push for expansion of state-funded preschool programs.

For more information go to her website: http://www.jennifermccormick.org/

She released an official statement Tuesday night:

“I ran for State Superintendent because Indiana needs vision and leadership at the Department of Education. Hoosiers listened to our message, and tonight, we have earned the privilege of leading the department for the next four years.

“Superintendent Ritz was a formidable opponent, and I thank her for her four years of service.

“During my campaign, I have emphasized my non-negotiables – the goals which will form the basis for my tenure as State Superintendent. The Department of Education will form partnerships with stakeholders, establish a credible assessment system, ensure educators have quality tools and resources, and most importantly, put our students first.

“Thank you for your support and confidence.”

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