News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 9, 2014

Indiana education board faces contentious meeting


Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s State Board of Education is gearing up for another showdown between Democratic schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s appointees and staff.

The board is set to consider a pair of resolutions dealing with control of the board during a meeting Wednesday.

Ritz said Tuesday that Pence’s staff is looking to “undermine” her efforts to maintain the state’s waiver from portions of the federal No Child Left Behind law. However, a spokeswoman for Pence’s education agency said that Ritz has jeopardized the state’s chances at keeping the waiver.

The latest fighting follows conflicts within the board last fall. Ritz walked out of a meeting and sued other board members after they circumvented her on a key decision about the state’s “A-F” school grading system.