Statehouse rally supports Ritz, slams GOP

Ready to Fight: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz speaks during the Indiana Education Rally on Monday afternoon

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican-dominated Indiana Senate has advanced a bill that would remove Democratic schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz from automatically chairing the State Board of Education.

Senate members voted 33-17 Tuesday to advance the proposal that would allow board members to elect their own chairman, most likely removing Ritz from the position.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence now appoints all 10 other board members. The Senate proposal would shrink it to a nine-member board made up of the superintendent, four appointments by the governor and one appointment each for the Republican and Democratic leaders of both the House and Senate.

Supporters say the change is necessary to fix a dysfunctional education board.

The House approved a similar bill last week that opponents say would disenfranchise voters who elected Ritz as superintendent in 2012.


The 33-17 roll call Tuesday by which the Indiana Senate voted to approve a bill under which state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz would no longer automatically chair the State Board of Education.

Voting yes were 33 Republicans and 0 Democrats.

Voting no were 10 Democrats and 7 Republicans.

REPUBLICANS YES

Amanda Banks, Bassler, Boots, Bray, Brown, Buck, Charbonneau, Crider, Eckerty, Ford, Grooms, Hershman, Holdman, Houchin, Kenley, Kruse, Long, Merritt, Messmer, Patricia Miller, Pete Miller, Mishler, Niemeyer, Perfect, Raatz, Schneider, Smith, Steele, Walker, Waltz, Yoder, Young, Zakas

REPUBLICANS NO

Alting, Becker, Delph, Glick, Head, Leising, Tomes

DEMOCRATS NO

Arnold, Breaux, Broden, Lanane, Mrvan, Randolph, Rogers, Stoops, Tallian, Taylor