Indiana's Race for Superintendent

This month, Indiana Republicans will nominate a candidate to run for Superintendent of Public Instruction against incumbent Glenda Ritz. The current frontrunners are Jennifer McCormick, a school superintendent from Yorktown, and Dawn Wooten, a college instructor from Fort Wayne. 

 “ McCormick points to her nearly 20 years in public education, first as a teacher and then as an administrator of a high-performing school district near Muncie.”

McCormick points to her nearly 20 years in public education, first as a teacher and then as an administrator of a high-performing school district near Muncie.”

The candidates’ stances on important issues like academic standards and Common Core, school choice, the Obama administration’s directive on transgender students, and teacher autonomy are being taken into consideration. McCormick is the favorite to win the nomination, but Wooten hopes the current political climate of dissatisfaction with the establishment will give her an edge.

 “ Wooten, a college instructor from Fort Wayne, says she’s competitive because of her conservatism — specifically her belief that she’s more conservative than McCormick.”

Wooten, a college instructor from Fort Wayne, says she’s competitive because of her conservatism — specifically her belief that she’s more conservative than McCormick.”

McCormick and Wooten’s Democratic opponent, Glenda Ritz, has proven to be supportive of our cause. Our site founder, Richard Garrett, has met with her to discuss our mission. He was very impressed with her determination and interest in elevating teachers. 

  “'While both candidates fight over who is better equipped to carry out Mike Pence’s political agenda for our schools, Superintendent Ritz remains focused on her education agenda, providing students with the resources they need to succeed,' said Ritz’s campaign manager, Annie Mansfield."

“'While both candidates fight over who is better equipped to carry out Mike Pence’s political agenda for our schools, Superintendent Ritz remains focused on her education agenda, providing students with the resources they need to succeed,' said Ritz’s campaign manager, Annie Mansfield."

Regardless of who wins the nomination, we at Elevate Teachers hope that giving teachers the respect they deserve is part of the conversation – and an area that the winning Superintendent focuses on!

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