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Ritz, school board members meeting with mediator

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Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and other members of the Indiana State Board of Education are meeting with a mediator called in to help with the state's ongoing education battles.

The group started its meeting Wednesday morning by hearing from the National Association of State Boards of Education's executive director. Ritz, a Democrat, and Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, agreed last week to bring in the national group after disagreements escalated.

Ritz stormed out of a board meeting last month after a Pence-appointed member pressed a measure Ritz said would shift power from her office. She previously sued board members, alleging violation of the state's public access laws.

Ritz is chairwoman of the education board, but the other 10 members have been appointed by either Pence or former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels.

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  • All Appointed by Rep Governors
    All of the Board members were appointed by either Daniels or Pence. Supposedly, the Board is to have 4 members representing Republicans and 4 members representing Democrats. I am suspicious of the alleged Dems appointed by the Repub Governors. Had they been screened and nominated by Dem members of the legislature, I might not be so suspect. As the Board now stands, I think it is stacked against Ritz.
  • possible scenario
    we've heard of RINOs. Are there possibly DINOs and even IINOs?
  • Curious to Know
    How many of the appointed board members are republican and how many are democrat. It is anecdotal, but I was under the impression the board was made up of members of both parties so these issues are not, in fact, as partisan as the article implies. Can you you please clarify this point?

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