Board of Education Approves Recommendations for Failing Schools

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): The Indiana State Board of Education has approved recommendations that would allow earlier intervention in low-performing schools and could further strip schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz of some of her authority.

Indiana law currently requires the state board to intervene after a school receives an “F” grade for six consecutive years. That would change to allow an intervention after a school received a “D” or “F” for four consecutive years.

Another recommendation would transfer oversight of federal turnaround school funds from the Indiana Department of Education to the state board. Ritz called the move an attempt to usurp her authority and said her department already has 23 employees who handle that function.

Ritz is the lone Democrat in the administration and has clashed repeatedly with the board since taking office.