Ritz, school board members meeting with mediator

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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