House Rejects Delaying Education Board Control Change

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Republicans have defeated a proposal in the Indiana House to delay when Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz could be replaced as leader of the state Board of Education.
House members voted 57-36 Monday to reject a Democratic amendment that would push back any change in the board leadership until after Ritz's current elected term ends in early 2017.
Republicans have pushed to allow the 10 board members appointed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence elect their own chairman, ending a decades-old law that made the state superintendent the board's leader. Supporters of the change say it's needed to address dysfunction between Ritz and other board members.
House Republicans on Monday also voted down a Democratic proposal for statewide election of Board of Education members.