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Fort Wayne educator seeks GOP nod for schools chief

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A college English instructor in Fort Wayne says she’s seeking the Republican nomination for state superintendent of public instruction.

Dawn Wooten said she filed election paperwork Thursday and has launched a campaign website

Wooten is the first Republican to announce a candidacy for state schools chief. Democratic incumbent Glenda Ritz is seeking a second term after abandoning a campaign for governor. Nominees will be chosen at state party conventions next year.

The 45-year-old Wooten, a Connersville native, says many of her students at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, the University of St. Francis and Ivy Tech Community College Northeast need remediation and that should change.

Wooten, an opponent of the Common Core academic standards, served on the College and Career Readiness Panel that prepared new state K-12 academic standards.