Long Wants “Holistic Fix” for State Board of Education

INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): Legislation to remove Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education may expand to address other tension points between the board and the superintendent.

Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma say the legislature has a responsibility to end the dysfunction between Ritz and the board.

The Democratic superintendent has clashed frequently with the board, which is required to be bipartisan but was appointed entirely by Republican Governors Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence. Disagreements over what items would be placed on meeting agendas and even when meetings would adjourn prompted Pence to call for elimination of Ritz‘s authority to run those meetings, by having the board elect its own chair.