Schools chief Randy Dorn posted this response on an earlier item about his apparent change of heart on the issue of electing the state superintendent of public instruction.
Dorn had supported such a move during the 2008 campaign but now opposes it. First, here’s the video from TVW of the forum in which Dorn endorses a constitutional amendment. His current statement follows.
A statement from Randy Dorn:
“This was not an issue I campaigned on. I was asked a question in a debate about making the state superintendent’s job an appointed position and answered off the top of my head. As I remember, my thinking when I answered the question was to reference it regarding my opponent, who I believed had lost the ability to be an effective advocate for students.
“Having two years of experience as state superintendent, and working with my colleagues around the nation who are elected or appointed, I think it’s definitely better to have an independently elected nonpartisan official leading education in our state. It works well to have the three-legged stool of my office, the governor and the state Legislature working together on educational issues.
“But, this is just another smokescreen and diversion from the real issue of giving our students the best educational opportunity we can. We must stay focused on amply funding education as the our state constitution requires; not who governs education and who has the power.”