After State Superintendent Glenda Ritz adjourned Wednesday’s meeting of the State Board of Education without a vote, only the handful of people who remained in the room got to see what happened after she walked out.
The last image those watching the live video stream saw were the blank faces of the board members, who mostly sat quietly as Ritz and her staff filed out.
Ritz left to protest a motion from board member Brad Oliver that she felt would further insert the staff of Gov. Mike Pence’s newly-created education agency in Department of Education business.
Board members weren’t convinced Ritz could stop the meeting without a vote of the panel and were disappointed she walked out. But they also expressed keen awareness of “public perception” and backed down from the motion for the time being.