INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers have voted for their last state education chief.

The Indiana Senate approved a bill 29-19 on Tuesday that will allow the governor to appoint the Indiana secretary of education starting in January 2021.

That is when current Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick’s term ends. She is not seeking re-election.

House Bill 1005 now goes to Gov. Eric Holcomb for his signature. It was part of his legislative agenda.

Lawmakers decided in 2017 to move to an appointed rather than elected post. But it was supposed to start in 2025. With McCormick not running again, the bill accelerated the timeline.

Only 13 states have an elected superintendent, and of those Indiana is one of only nine that makes it a partisan post.

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