Indiana Chamber Pushes Appointed Schools Chief

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The Indiana Chamber of Commerce wants the state schools superintendent to be appointed by the governor in 2016, setting the stage for another acrimonious education battle.
Chamber President Kevin Brinegar said Monday that if lawmakers reject the proposal, the governor's appointees on the State Board of Education should be allowed to elect a new chairman. 
The board has been the arena for ardent fighting between Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Republicans. A walkout and lawsuit last year prompted U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to deride Indiana's deep “dysfunction.''

Republican legislative leaders have previously been apprehensive about stoking fights between Ritz and Republican Gov. Mike Pence. 

Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma were scheduled to talk to the state chamber later Monday.</span>