State School Superintendent Ritz expects effort to diminish her authority

POSTED: 05:26 PM EDT Oct 09, 2013 
Glenda Ritz
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -

Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz says she expects her opponents to attempt to remove her as chairwoman of the Indiana Board of Education.

Ritz said Wednesday she expects legislation to curb her control of the state board. She pointed to Gov. Mike Pence's creation of a new education agency as evidence of a broader effort to strip her of power.

Pence has said the new agency's purpose is to coordinate career training.

Tension has grown in the last month between Ritz and Dan Elsener, a board member and supporter of education reforms championed by Indiana Republicans. The two have fought recently over procedural motions at the state board meetings and bigger items, including the creation of a strategic planning committee that met for the first time Thursday.

Author: TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press