NewsLocal News / November 13, 2013

Superintendent Ritz Abruptly Shuts Down State Board Of Education Meeting

Kyle Stokes - StateImpact Indiana
Superintendent Ritz Abruptly Shuts Down State Board Of Education Meeting

A meeting of the state’s top education policymakers descended into chaos Wednesday after state superintendent Glenda Ritz suddenly declared the State Board of Education session adjourned without a vote of the panel.

The move touched off a bizarre scene as Ritz and her staff filed out of the meeting room, the web stream of the meeting stopped and workers carted audiovisual equipment out of the room as frustrated State Board members kept their seats, remaining to discuss what to do next.

It’s a new low in the already-tense relationship between Ritz and the agency Gov. Mike Pence created to oversee the State Board as the two sides vie for control of the state’s school policy agenda.

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