Pence, Ritz Meet, Agree to Seek Help in Dispute

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): Gov. Mike Pence and Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz have agreed to work together to try to resolve an ongoing power struggle.

Pence and Ritz issued a joint statement Wednesday saying they met Tuesday and have agreed to have the National Association of State Boards of Education help mediate a talk among Indiana State Board of Education members regarding roles, responsibilities and the operations of the board.

Ritz, a Democrat, chairs the board, but Pence, a Republican, has appointment power over 10 of the 11 board seats.

Ritz called the meeting she had with Pence a first step toward working out the conflict, but says much more needs to be done.

Pence says he is pleased Ritz is willing to work with his administration.