During a news conference outlining her legislative agenda for next year Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick dropped a bombshell, announcing she was not going to run for another term.

McCormick cited frustration with political process in moving things forward she said would help students and school districts.

In addition, she said “noise” concerning whether she would be re-appointed to the position in 20124, or in 2020 if lawmakers change the appointment date was also hampering her ability to do the job.

Regardless, McCormick says she plans to pursue an aggressive agenda next session which includes more funding for schools as well as making sure charter and voucher schools operate by the same rules as traditional public schools.

You can hear McCormick’s announcement regarding her decision not to run again in the Leon-Tailored Audio above.  It runs about 15 minutes.

Governor Eric Holcomb released the following statement…

“Dr. McCormick and I spoke about her decision not to seek the office of state superintendent again in 2020 and her legislative priorities for the next two years. I reminded her that we have more time left in this term than we’ve been here, and there’s still plenty to be accomplished.  Dr. McCormick has given me a lot to digest as I dig into her legislative priorities. I thanked her and told her today I appreciate and respect her lifetime devotion to children and education, and that we’ll take the steps necessary to ensure Indiana has the best team working together to provide the highest quality education for children.”