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10/1/2018 6:38:00 PM
Jennifer McCormick won't seek 2nd term as state school superintendent

Niki Kelly, Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – GOP Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick surprised reporters Monday by announcing she will not seek a second term in 2020.

The news came in the middle of her outlining her legislative agenda for next year.

McCormick said the governance structure in Indiana is not healthy and makes it hard to focus on helping kids.

She runs the Indiana Department of Education and implements education policy. But the State Board of Education often butts heads with the superintendent, and lawmakers in recent years have carved out more and more issues for the state board to control rather than the department.

"We've done some great work. When I got into this office my charge was I want to do what's best for kids. I think back and I was so cute. I was so naive," McCormick said. "Now that I've learned the governance structure, things are very complicated in Indiana."

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