EducationEducation Policy / November 19, 2013

House Speaker Says Lawmakers Will Wade Into Ritz, State Board Spat If Necessary

Brandon Smith
House Speaker Says Lawmakers Will Wade Into Ritz, State Board Spat If Necessary

State lawmakers could wade into what Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma called a “civil war” between Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education.

Bosma says he’s hopeful the ongoing conflict can be resolved before the legislature has to act but that the General Assembly is willing to step in if necessary. He says he isn’t ruling out legislation that would strip Ritz of her responsibility as chairwoman of State Board.

But he says it’s less likely state lawmakers would try to make her job an appointed position.

“Because it just adds to the appearance that someone is trying to take someone away from an elected official due to political results and that is not the goal,” says Bosma.

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