Glenda Ritz fired back at her political foes on the Indiana State Board of Education Tuesday with a lawsuit charging that its other members broke state law by going around her to ask the legislature to intervene on A to F grades. Ritz, who by law chairs the state board, said a letter written by the 10 other board members to Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long violated state transparency laws. The letter asked the legislators to take over the state's annual school-grade calculation process, which has been delayed under Ritz. "No public notice was issued for a meeting that allows this action," a statement from her office said. "Superintendent Ritz was not made aware of this action until after it was taken, despite her role as chair of the State Board of Education." Ritz argued that she had a responsibility to take action. “When I was sworn in to office, I took an oath to uphold the laws of the State of Indiana,” Ritz said. “I take this oath very seriously and I was dismayed to learn that other members of the State Board have not complied with the requirements of the law. While I respect the commitment and expertise of members of the board individually, I feel they have over-stepped their bounds."
Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz just released a statement saying she is suing the other 10 members of the Indiana State Board of Education, charging that they violated state transparency laws when they collectively asked the state legislature to calculate school A to F grades. From Ritz's statement:
Good morning, Indiana! We are Chalkbeat, and this is the first of what we hope will be many dispatches from us to you, reporting on what’s going on in education. Except this time, we’re not introducing you to a new education innovation or challenge. We’re introducing ourselves and what we plan to do. Chalkbeat grew out of two news sites launched five years ago, GothamSchools in New York City and EdNews Colorado in Denver. Both sites offered daily, unbiased coverage of public education, focusing on K-12 schools and especially low-income communities. Their founders believed that a strong, independent press was vital to helping schools improve. [Click on headline to read more]