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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - "New Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jennifer McCormick, is responding to concerns about layoffs and resignations at the Department of Education" [Updated]

Kara Kenney reported last evening for WRTV6:

The new Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jennifer McCormick, is responding to concerns about layoffs and resignations at the Indiana Department of Education.

“This is the part of transitioning that nobody enjoys,” said McCormick. “Obviously they’re good people that are in just a situation where we want to make some changes.”

Call 6 Investigates has confirmed 34 people have been pink-slipped and an additional 26 people have resigned, for a total of 60 workers.

That’s approximately a quarter of IDOE’s entire 250 person workforce.

As the office changes from Democrat to Republican leadership, some of the layoffs were expected, especially among Glenda Ritz’s cabinet, such as chief of staff and government affairs.

However, among those pink slipped also included outreach coordinators who worked with children and teachers in struggling schools. * * *

McCormick denied politics were at play when it came to layoffs.

“It wasn't a political activity,” said McCormick. “We looked at job performance and where we want to go with programming." * * *

Call 6 Investigates also checked with other elected offices, such as the Indiana Attorney General’s office and the Governor’s office, but they did not provide any layoff or resignation figures.

[Updated at 10:05 a.m.] Kara Kenney tweets: "@INATTYGENERAL office confirms 24 people gone from office through resignations, retirements and firings."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 12, 2017 09:16 AM
Posted to Indiana Government