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Thursday, October 04, 2018 1:00 am

Superintendent doesn't want to chair board

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick does not want to be chair of the State Board of Education next year.

The board elects a chair each year, and that vote is expected in January. McCormick told the board Wednesday she is not interested in keeping the role, which she has had for two years.

The news came two days after she stunned observers by announcing she would not seek re-election as superintendent in 2020.

“The position of chair, as structured by state leaders prior to my time in office, is irrelevant to policy outcomes. My time and attention are better utilized without this unnecessary distraction,” she said.

McCormick will remain on the board.

She said earlier this week that Indiana's education governance structure is unhealthy.

As superintendent, she runs the Department of Education, which controls some programs, while others are controlled by the State Board of Education.

Under state law, her position is set to become an appointed post starting in 2025 unless lawmakers move that date up.

nkelly@jg.net