South Carolina considers dumping state superintendent’s election

Idaho is an election outlier — one of only 13 states where voters choose a state schools superintendent.

The number is steadily dwindling, and could grow even smaller this year, Education Week reported Monday.

South Carolina voters will elect a state superintendent on Nov. 6. Voters also will decide whether to make the state superintendent an appointed post by 2023.

“You can’t have two competing agendas with two different offices with two competing views,” Republican state Rep. Bill Taylor, a supporter of the measure, told Daarel Burnette II of Education Week.

“Whoever the governor is — and whatever their agenda is — is going to be the agenda of the day, and that could cripple the school system even more,” Democratic state Sen. John Scott, an opponent of the measure, told Burnette.

A century ago, 33 states elected their state school superintendents, Education Week reported.

The Education Week article outlines the seven state superintendents’ elections, briefly mentioning Idaho’s race pitting Republican incumbent Sherri Ybarra against Democratic challenger Cindy Wilson.



Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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