Thursday, November 14, 2013

SBOE/Ritz Battle Continues with More Drama

Dysfunction at its finest.  I think that's a phrase that could be used to describe the current relationship between Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, and the Indiana State Board of Education.

If you haven't heard yet, the meeting of the SBOE came to a screeching halt when Ritz adjourned the meeting, according to the Indy Star.

On Tuesday, Ritz had accused Governor Mike Pence of trying to take over education in this state by developing his own Department of Education known as the Center for Education and Career Innovation.  The Star said the meeting stopped on a dime when the SBOE proposed that the Center for Education and Career Innovation help "develop advice" on math and language arts standards.

Ritz had heard enough and stopped the meeting saying that she need an advisory opinion from Attorney General Greg Zoeller, according to the Star.  Later, she would release this statement.

The entire State Board of Education was appointed by Republicans...including the Democrats, and it's clear now more than ever that these GOP-appointed members want nothing to do with the elected official the voters overwhelmingly put in the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction.  It's a board of unelected education and business experts.  They want to detour her on education policy and delegate things, it seems, to the new Pence-created entity.

That does not seem right.  As I've mentioned before on this blog, over 1.3 million Hoosiers voted  to have Ritz handle the SBOE's policy requests.  What remains to be seen is how this all might shake out at the ballot box in 2014.

1 comment:

guy77money said...

Some smart (what a oxymoron) Democrat should be grooming Ritz for a run at the governors seat. With a little polishing she would win in a land slide.