Bill lets Indiana governor, not voters, pick schools chief

IN legislators sent Gov. Eric Holcomb a measure Tuesday that would eventually give the governor authority to appoint the state schools superintendent, a post that has been elected by voters for more than 150 years.

House Bill 1005, authored by Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, would remove the superintendent of public instruction from IN ballots and replace it with a governor-appointed secretary of education.

House Speaker Brian Bosma said Wednesday a tentative agreement had been reached, but the details weren't released.

"It's just that time of year when there's a logjam at the end here", Bosma said.

"I respect the sensitivity surrounding this bill as it will have an impact on students, educators, and families across Indiana", McCormick said in a statement. The bill would allow the governor to appoint the state's education chief beginning in 2025. As State Superintendent, I will remain focused on providing leadership and support for IN schools IN order to optimize student opportunities and outcomes.

In February, the Senate voted the bill down. "The Department of Education will continue to work at all levels and across both aisles to ensure the success of Indiana's education".

But Rep. Melanie Wright (D-Yorktown) says she's concerned about taking away Hoosiers' vote.

"Kudos to lawmakers for fixing a decades-old problem (and) putting students (first)", Holcomb tweeted Tuesday.

"We're tying the hands of the governor eight years in the future under a set of rules being created today", Delaney said.

Long said the bill also explores tolling options, and requires INDOT to study tolling and present a strategic plan to legislators next year. "What's going to happen is, the topic of education, which is so paramount to the quality of life of our constituents is going to get lost in the governor's race and will not be a focus area that I think is so significant in the quality of life that we are afforded here in these United States and especially within our state", he said.

  • Zachary Reyes