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Ritz vs Pence
January 12, 2016
Near unanimous support has bills to shield teachers, schools from ISTEP sanctions flying
Legislative leaders said this week they hope to have both bills to Pence to be signed into law by the end of the month.
August 7, 2015
Glenda Ritz drops out of governor's race
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz announced today she is no longer running for governor, saying she needed to focus instead on her work in education.
July 12, 2015
Coming this week: Your updated guide to education issues in Indiana
Starting Monday, come back to Chalkbeat each day next week for a new post on a topic that's important to education in Indiana.
June 15, 2015
5 ways Glenda Ritz's run for governor will change education and politics
Glenda Ritz has announced her plan to challenge Gov. Mike Pence in 2015 — will that decision affected the state's political and education policy environments?
June 4, 2015
Glenda Ritz makes her run for governor official
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz today launched a run for governor, saying only by replacing Gov. Mike Pence can she give schools the support they…
May 27, 2015
New picks by Pence, legislators reshape the Indiana State Board of Education
The Indiana State Board of Education will look different when it meets next week. Five new board members were appointed today, or half of the 10 appointees on the board.
May 26, 2015
As Ritz contemplates a run against Pence, how strong is her teacher and parent support?
With a possible run for governor on the horizon, school visits also offer a gauge of the strength of Glenda Ritz's appeal with a core constituency: parents and teachers.
May 13, 2015
Mike Pence's 2015 education agenda: Wins, losses and consolation prizes
Some of Pence’s goals resulted in new laws, but others were gutted along the way or changed so much that they had a passing resemblance to what he originally pushed for.
May 7, 2015
Pence signs bill that will change the Indiana State Board of Education
Gov. Mike Pence made it official today: the Indiana State Board is getting an overhaul.
April 30, 2015
Glenda Ritz: I might run for governor in 2016
She said she would announce her final decision to run in June.
April 29, 2015
Legislature shifts more Ritz powers to state board than expected
Last-minute moves by the Indiana legislature ultimately stripped more power from state Superintendent Glenda Ritz than expected in the last hours of the 2015 session.
April 27, 2015
Legislature poised to shift more power from Glenda Ritz to state board
A bill could cost Superintendent Glenda Ritz her primary role overseeing school A-to-F grades along with the guarantee that she lead the Indiana State Board of Education.
April 14, 2015
Bill to oust Ritz, change state board passes
A Senate bill that would remove state Superintendent Glenda Ritz as chair of the Indiana State Board of Education has now passed both houses of the Indiana legislature.
April 9, 2015
House advances bill that would allow Ritz to be removed as state board chairwoman
The Indiana House Education Committee advanced a bill which would remove the guarantee that state Superintendent Glenda Ritz serve as chairwoman of the state board.
March 5, 2015
The basics of everything: Your guide to education issues in Indiana
Few states can match the Hoosier state for the wide variety of efforts to change the way students learn, or for the level of drama and discord that has accompanied those efforts.
February 24, 2015
Concerns over teacher evaluation sink bill aimed at Glenda Ritz
Indiana House Republicans today failed to garner the support they needed to pass a bill to give the Indiana State Board of Education more oversight of testing matters.
February 19, 2015
Ritz on 2016 gubernatorial run: ‘I don’t want to speculate’
Ritz, who already announced she is running again in 2016 for superintendent of public instruction, addressed the speculation Wednesday night on the "Just Let Me Teach" radio show on IndianaTalks.com.
February 17, 2015
Plan to replace Ritz as state board leader passes Senate, House
Strong majorities of both houses of the Indiana legislature are signaling they want to clear the way for someone other than state Superintendent Glenda Ritz to lead the Indiana State Board of Education.
February 16, 2015
Ritz rallies supporters against efforts to limit her power at Statehouse
Gov. Mike Pence, Republican legislators and his appointed State Board of Education's refusal to respect Ritz's authority as state superintendent — including targeting her in several bills this year aimed at removing her from leading the Indiana State Board of Education — is what prompted the Indiana Coalition for Public Education to plan the rally.
February 12, 2015
Rise & Shine: Matthew Tully back Ritz in political battle with GOP
February 11, 2015
Diane Ravitch takes aim at Ritz detractors on Indiana show
Diane Ravitch, a national critic of testing and accountability-based school reform, took aim at opponents of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz on a lndiana-based Internet radio talk show tonight.
February 10, 2015
Cost still unknown for Senate bill to reign in Ritz
A bill that would remove state Superintendent Glenda Ritz as chairwoman of the Indiana State Board of Education got the seal of approval…
February 10, 2015
Glenda Ritz's team fires back at Pence, says no changes planned for ISTEP — yet
A spokesman for state Superintendent Glenda Ritz today rejected Gov. Mike Pence’s call to shorten the state ISTEP exam, calling his claims…
February 9, 2015
House overwhelmingly backs bill to remove Ritz as state board chairwoman
It was more bad news for Ritz on a day that started off with another heated clash in her ongoing battle with Gov. Mike Pence over who should set the agenda on the state’s education policy.
February 6, 2015
Rise & Shine: Obama to tout free college plan during Indianapolis visit
February 5, 2015
Democratic leader on bill aimed at Ritz: ‘Your guy got beat’
The Democratic leader in the Indiana House today sharply criticized Republicans for a bill that would all but certainly lead to the removal of…
February 2, 2015
Senate committee approves bill removing Ritz as state board chairwoman
Today the Senate Rules Committee approved Senate Bill 1, its version of a bill that would eliminate the guarantee in state state law that the superintendent will be the board's leader, 7-4, split along party lines.
December 4, 2014
What comes next for Ritz, Pence and the state board?
The long-quarreling state board is deeply divided between 10 appointees named by Pence and his fellow Republican predecessor, Mitch Daniels, and Ritz, the lone Democrat holding statewide office in the capitol. Pence has mostly endorsed Daniels' standards, accountability and school choice initiatives while Ritz was elected promising to push for a reconsideration of those ideas.
October 22, 2014
Feds extend preschool grant deadline to Friday (updated)
The U.S. Departments of Education have again extended the deadline for states to apply for the preschool development grants. The applications are now…
September 3, 2014
State Board of Education settles open meetings lawsuit, admits no guilt
A lawsuit claiming the Indiana State Board of Education broke the law by holding a private meeting without public notice was settled with the board admitting…
August 13, 2014
With early fundraiser, Glenda Ritz is already looking to 2016
A 2016 re-election campaign might seem far off for Indiana state Superintendent Glenda Ritz, but already she is showing signs she will be a different kind of candidate. Ritz was a political unknown when she engineered one of the most shocking upsets in recent Indiana political history in 2012. But no longer is she the upstart school librarian from Washington Township who defeated education reform champion Tony Bennett. Now Ritz is a seasoned political warrior with something to prove.
July 29, 2014
Judge says suit against State Board of Education can proceed
At issue is whether 10 state board members, who have been at odds with Superintendent Glenda Ritz since she was elected to the statewide office in 2012, violated a state law that says public boards have to conduct their business in public by deciding via email in October to send a letter urging state legislative leaders to intervene in Indiana's school accountability process.
July 10, 2014
Ritz, state board battle over board rules, NCLB waiver
Relations between Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Indiana State Board of Education members today reached a new low as board members voted on a series of resolutions that Ritz and her supporters say are no more than politically motivated power grabs from Ritz.
July 8, 2014
Ritz blames Pence, CECI for "undermining" her leadership
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz today ripped Gov. Mike Pence’s Center for Education and Career Innovation, saying it is “determined to undermine our work” at the Indiana Department of Education, and charged that the State Board of Education’s proposed actions Wednesday could threaten Indiana’s standing with federal education officials.
July 7, 2014
Proposal to rewrite rules for Ritz, state board draws objections
A proposal to again change the rules for how the Indiana State Board of Education conducts its meetings has brought renewed charges from state Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s supporters that it is a thinly veiled effort to limit her power.
June 24, 2014
ISTEP could expand through 10th grade next year
Education policymakers, led by Gov. Mike Pence and Superintendent for Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, convened to vote on a resolution that would provide guidance to the State Board of Education when it comes to designing and selecting its new state test vendor since the state's contract with current ISTEP administrator CTB/McGraw Hill expires this week.
June 18, 2014
Top Republican, Democrat take opposite views of NCLB waiver concerns
In less than two weeks, Indiana could potentially lose its federal No Child Left Behind law waiver unless state leaders can convince the U.S. Department…
May 2, 2014
New tensions begin to emerge over state's NCLB response
Gov. Mike Pence and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz put aside their 2013 squabbles to form an alliance for the fight over new state academic standards last month, but dividing lines between them may re-emerge as the state scrambles to respond to a warning from the federal government.
January 31, 2014
Duncan cites Indiana’s “deep dysfunction” in interview
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sounds worried about what's going on with education in Indiana. “Indiana has some very, very deep dysfunction right now, some fundamental challenges,” Duncan said, “that I hope for the sake of kids that they can work through.”
The basics of...
January 17, 2014
The basics of Glenda Ritz: A lone voice at the top against Republican education agenda
This is one of two stories summarizing the basics facts about Indiana’s two major party candidates for state superintendent. A more detailed story about…
December 22, 2013
Move to limit Ritz's meeting powers expected on Friday
If you’re thinking of going to Friday’s Indiana State Board of Education meeting, here’s a bit of advice: pack a lunch. The meeting…
December 18, 2013
Move to limit Ritz's meeting powers expected on Friday
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz If you're thinking of going to Friday's Indiana State Board of Education meeting, here's a bit of advice: pack a lunch. The meeting agenda, posted Tuesday, starts off new business with an item that appears likely to include a controversial proposal to curb state Superintendent Glenda Ritz's control over the state board meetings. State board member Brad Oliver tweeted Tuesday that agenda item would be based on input the board received in a Dec. 4 meeting: https://twitter.com/drbradoliver/status/413098187277090817 That input mostly went against Ritz, who chairs the board, and seemed to embolden her adversaries on the state board, whose questions focused on whether they could wrest control of the agenda from Ritz
December 5, 2013
Attorney general's opinion goes against Ritz; board may call emergency meeting
State board member Brad Oliver and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz at Wednesday's meeting. (Scott Elliott) Attorney General Greg Zoeller office told state Superintendent Glenda Ritz in a letter sent today that she was wrong to declare a motion by Indiana State Board of Education member Brad Oliver invalid on Nov. 13. With a string of victories in their dispute with Ritz since that Nov. 13 meeting, state board members are now considering calling an emergency meeting to rewrite their rules to try to make their meetings run more efficiently before their next scheduled meeting on Dec. 20, Oliver said. "I think you're going to see board members call for that," he said. "We feel we need to get procedures clarified before we go into another meeting on Dec. 20." Among the new rules board members have advocated for include the ability for board members to add items more easily to the agenda, call for votes over the chairwoman's objections and confer with attorneys during the meeting, Oliver said. Those moves could make it much harder for Ritz to guide board meetings toward her preferred issues and away from the priorities of other board members.
December 5, 2013
Five hints for where Glenda Ritz and the state board are headed
Kris Amundson, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, leads the state board in discussion Wednesday. (Scott Elliott) As Indiana state Superintendent Glenda Ritz publicly tangled with Gov. Mike Pence one more time on Wednesday, the gun smoke of the pair's ongoing power struggle once again obscured the board's actual work. And during the planned mediation session, which was supposed to help heal hard feelings among Ritz and the 11 board members, some work did get done. Indeed, the meeting — which was mediated by Kris Amundson, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, and featured a presentation by Luke Britt, Indiana's public access counselor — produced several revealing hints for where the board may be headed. Here are five:
December 4, 2013
Meeting to heal state board leads to new Ritz vs. Pence turmoil
State board member Brad Oliver and Superintendent Glenda Ritz listen to a presentation at Wednesday's meeting. (Scott Elliott) Glenda Ritz leveled new charges Wednesday that Gov. Mike Pence and his appointees are looking for ways to strip her powers. The latest salvo in an ongoing war of words between Ritz and Pence came just after a meeting Pence helped engineer aimed at mending fences in Ritz's strained relationship with the Indiana State Board of Education. After an informal meeting, during which the board met with a mediator, Ritz unloaded on the Pence-created Center for Education and Career Innovation, saying she could prove one of its goals was to diminish her authority. Ritz is one of two elected state superintendents in the nation who also chair their state's board of education. Board members have complained that Ritz uses her chairwoman role to thwart the board's will and CECI's work, while Ritz argues she enforces the rules to protect the authority of state superintendent. Now, Ritz said, CECI is determined to rewrite the rules to have its way. "We have a document that actually says their goal is to remove me as the chair in the legislative session and if not that way then doing it through the board operating procedures," she said.
December 4, 2013
State board to try to deal with its problems
On Tuesday, a committee of state board members met for the first time since the abrupt end of last month's meltdown meeting. Those anticipating continuation of the brawl may have been surprised but what happened — an actual strategic planning session broke out. In fact, the half-day discussion was cordial and productive. State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and fellow board members, led by Dan Elsener, talked about mission statements, objectives and goals for K-12 education in Indiana. Things should be different today. Board members actually should get to talking about their problems.
December 3, 2013
State Board forecast: Frosty with a chance of fireworks
(Photo by Alan Petersime) Today will be the first get together of the Indiana State Board of Education since the Nov. 13 meltdown of a meeting that ended when state Superintendent Glenda Ritz walked out in protest of a board member's motion. It seemed last week Ritz might be moving toward peaceful resolution of her dispute with the state board when she agreed last week with Gov. Mike Pence to call in a mediator from the National Association of State Boards of Education. Representatives for Ritz and the state board both also said they were expecting two board meetings this week — strategic planning today and the regularly monthly board meeting on Wednesday. But on Monday, the second meeting appeared to fall apart. By late afternoon, no agenda had been posted for Wednesday's meeting, as required by state law, even though a NASBE representative was scheduled to fly in for the meeting at Pence's request. On Twitter, board member Brad Oliver hinted that Ritz was asking for the mediation meeting to be held behind closed doors:
December 2, 2013
Why Glenda Ritz and Mike Pence are at war
Since Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic state Superintendent Glenda Ritz were elected just over a year ago, they've been at odds over how Indiana's education system should be run. But this fall, what was a sometimes awkward but generally polite disagreement has turned to open warfare. The question is: Why? State Superintendent Glenda Ritz The answer comes down to three fundamental divides that have thrown Pence and Ritz's relationship into conflict: their very different beliefs about education, polarizing reactions to unexpected events, and irreconcilably opposite understandings of why voters elected Ritz in 2012. The tensions have left education leaders, teachers and students across the state uncertain about what direction Indiana will head on critical issues like how schools are graded and how children will be taught. At their core, Ritz and Pence disagree about education Ritz is the only Democrat holding statewide office in strongly conservative Indiana, and her campaign platform directly opposed some of the favorite education ideas of Pence as well as Republicans who have set the agenda for years in the legislature and on the Indiana State Board Education. Before running for office, Ritz was working as an elementary school librarian in Indianapolis' Washington Township schools. She was president of her school district's teachers union and had been a leader in 2011 of Indiana State Teachers Association's opposition to private school vouchers. Policies that Pence sees as justified accountability, Ritz has often viewed as unfairly punitive toward students and teachers.
November 26, 2013
Ritz meets with Pence; loses on transparency ruling
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Gov. Mike Pence met this morning. (Scott Elliott) Gov. Mike Pence and state Superintendent Glenda Ritz met for more than an hour this morning to try to resolve their differences over how the Indiana State Board of Education should be run. Ritz, who lost another round in the battle late Monday when the state public access counselor rejected a complaint that the state board had violated state law by holding a secret meeting, said afterward she had not yet seen the ruling. She did, however, announce progress in one area. The state board will add a Dec. 20 meeting to allow the board to approve the final A to F school grades so they can be released before the end of the year, Ritz said.
November 19, 2013
At legislative kickoff, lawmakers ponder preschool, state board and Common Core
On Organization Day, Indiana legislative leaders annually gather for a mostly ceremonial start to the upcoming legislative session. Will 2014 be another big year for new education laws? That's hard to say. As lawmakers began to pitch ideas today for the 2014 legislative session, opinions diverged on how much could be accomplished on hot education issues like the Common Core, preschool funding and discord on the Indiana State Board of Education. Senate Education Committee chairman Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, doesn't think education will be a big focus this time. "I don't have any priorities for education for session 2014," he said. "I think we passed some pretty significant bills the past three years and I think it's time to take a rest." But across the statehouse, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said improving early childhood education and addressing the “skills gap" that he said leaves high school graduates ill-prepared for work and college, were two of his four top priorities for 2014. He also hinted the legislature could wade into a dispute among state Superintendent Glenda Ritz, Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana State Board of Education over who directs education policymaking. "Our state's constitution clearly gives that task to the elected legislative bodies in this chamber and the senate," Bosma said. The legislature officially began the new session Tuesday with its annual "organization day," a mostly ceremonial event. Lawmakers begin their work in earnest when they next meet in early January.
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