Indiana: Schools Chief Blasts Republican Plan to Eliminate Local Control of Schools

Diane Ravitch's blog

Jennifer McCormick, Indiana’s last elected state superintendent, has 20 months left in her term. She is a Republican, but she is different from the state leadership: She actually cares about students and democratic control of public education.

The Governor and the Legislature have decided that in the future, all power over education will be concentrated in one office: the Governor’s.

The state’s last elected superintendent of public instruction is not leaving office quietly. With just more than 20 months left in her four-year term, Jennifer McCormick is on a mission to warn Indiana voters of the immense power over education legislators just handed off to the governor’s office.

In a presentation to more than 100 parents and educators at Ivy Tech Community College’s Coliseum campus Thursday, the schools chief described the state’s current system of school governance, what it will become in 2021 and why Hoosiers should begin paying closer attention. 

“What we’re going to have is…

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