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On March 20, the Indiana Senate approved House Bill 1005. The bill changes the date that the governor will appoint the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to January 2021, up from the initial date, set by a 2017 law, of January 2025. That law was passed largely in response to a shocking upset election in 2012 when Glenda Ritz became the first Democrat to win an election for a statewide office in Indiana since 1996 and the first Democrat to be elected state superintendent since the early 1970s.

Ritz’s election was strongly supported by the Indiana State Teachers Association, the state branch of the National Education Association’s teachers union, and was largely considered a referendum on preceding state

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