INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House Republican leader has resigned from his leadership position with the organization that administers the SAT college admissions test, saying he wants to focus on his legislative duties.
House Speaker Todd Huston said on Tuesday he had decided to step down as senior vice president of state and district partnerships at the College Board, the New York-based group also known for administering the exams. advanced placement in high school.
Huston has held the position since 2012, the same year he was first elected to the Legislative Assembly and became a leading advocate for the expansion of the state’s private school voucher program. .
Huston said since becoming Speaker of the House in 2020, he has considered how to balance his work on the College Board with his legislative responsibilities.
“At this time, my focus is on a strong and successful end to this legislative session,” Huston said in a statement. “I want to recharge my batteries after the session before considering future opportunities.”
Huston has faced criticism for his role on the College Board while Indiana House Republicans pushed through a bill last month requiring classroom materials to be vetted by college review boards. parents and imposing restrictions on the teaching of racism and political subjects. Another endorsed by House Republicans would ban transgender women and girls from participating in K-12 school sports that align with their gender identity.
These proposals are pending action in the State Senate.
The Indiana Democratic Party has called Huston a “walking conflict of interest.”
“Let this remind Republican lawmakers in Indiana that their culture war agenda — which includes bringing politics into classrooms and targeting innocent minors — has real consequences outside of the United States General Assembly. Indiana,” said Lauren Ganapini, executive director of the state’s Democratic Party.
The nonprofit College Board’s 2019 federal income tax returns showed Huston received about $460,000.
Huston, who represents Fishers in suburban Indianapolis, joined the College Board after working as chief of staff for Tony Bennett, then Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction, in 2009-10. Previously, he was a member of the Indiana State Board of Education and the Southeastern Hamilton School Board.