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Ed board, Ritz bicker over A-F grades, procedure and more

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials plan to send preliminary A-F grades to schools next week and finalize them in December so they are public by the end of the year. But State Board of Education members remain uncertain about the development of a new grading system that state law requires them […]

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Commentary: Ritz should focus on job duties, not lawsuits

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Lately, I haven’t written much about the folks at the superintendent of public instruction’s office because they haven’t done much of anything. Literally, they haven’t done much of anything. The office has been missing deadlines regarding a number of issues critical to Indiana’s education policy. It’s failed to promulgate rules for […]

Analysis: Ed board suit raises serious questions about Open Door Law

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Analysis: Ed board suit raises serious questions about Open Door Law

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Wherever you stand in the battle among state Superintendent Glenda Ritz, the board she chairs and GOP elected officials, there’s a larger policy question about public meetings that shouldn’t be ignored. I’m not an attorney. So I don’t have a good sense of whether members of the State Board […]

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Ed board members ask Ritz to drop lawsuit

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four members of the State Board of Education have asked Superintendent Glenda Ritz to drop a lawsuit she filed accusing them of taking secret, illegal action. The members – Troy Albert, a principal from Henryville; David Freitas, a professor from South Bend; Sarah O’Brien, a first-grade teacher from Avon, and […]

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Video & story: Attorney general asks court to dismiss Ritz lawsuit against ed board

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz filed this week against 10 members of the State Board of Education Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz defends lawsuit  Zoeller said the superintendent had no authority to file the suit, […]

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Ritz, ed board rift escalates with lawsuit

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Democratic schools chief and its Republican education board are now in an all-out brawl. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz swung the latest punch on Tuesday, filing a lawsuit that accuses 10 members of the State Board of Education – all of whom were appointed by Republican […]

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Pence appoints Democrat Gordon Henry to state ed board

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has named Democrat Gordon Hendry to serve on the State Board of Education, which is facing difficult decisions about curriculum standards and school grades. Hendry is first vice president of CB Richard Ellis group, where he serves as Midwest regional leader of the company’s public institutions […]

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Education board OKs teacher licensing rules over Ritz objections

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State Board of Education amended and passed controversial changes to teacher licensing rules Wednesday over the objections of incoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and a number of teachers who urged the group to slow down. Ritz – just weeks from taking office after defeating incumbent Republican […]

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State works to overhaul online school report cards

By Lauren Casey The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – State education officials are revamping the report card that districts must publish to make it easier for parents and others to evaluate local schools. The State Board of Education on Wednesday reviewed the most recent version of the report card, which grades state’s public schools using an […]