Panel Backs Allowing Indiana Board to Replace Ritz as Leader

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A proposal allowing the Indiana State Board of Education to replace Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz as its leader is now heading to the full state Senate.
The Senate fiscal policy committee voted 9-4 along party lines Tuesday to advance the Republican-backed measure.

The GOP-dominated House on Monday approved a similar bill that supporters of Ritz say would disenfranchise voters who elected her as superintendent in 2012.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence now appoints all 10 other board members and they have clashed repeatedly with Ritz.
Those backing the change in the chairman selection say it is needed to fix a dysfunctional board.
The Senate could vote on the proposal within the next week.