If Sen. Jerry Tillman has his way, voters will decide in November whether to abolish the elected superintendent's job and replace that post with an appointed education secretary.
Tillman is a Republican and June Atkinson, who has held the superintendent's office since 2005, is a Democrat. But the push to change the way the Department of Public Instruction is run has been bipartisan.
Atkinson said Wednesday she hadn't seen Tillman's bill but it wouldn't be the first time lawmakers have tried to abolish the elected job and replace it with a political appointee. Tillman's bill goes to the Senate Education Committee, where I'm guessing it will get a favorable reception.