Indiana State Superintendent Sues Board Of Education


OF THE LAND.
>>>WELL, AS WE TOLD YOU >>>WELL, AS WE TOLD YOU
EARLIER, STATE SUPERINTENDENT EARLIER, STATE SUPERINTENDENT
GLENDA RITZ IS PRESSING AHEAD GLENDA RITZ IS PRESSING AHEAD
WITH A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE WITH A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE
MEMBER OF INDIANA’S TOP MEMBER OF INDIANA’S TOP
EDUCATION PANEL. EDUCATION PANEL.
IT’S THE LATEST ESCALATION IN IT’S THE LATEST ESCALATION IN
THE TENSIONS BETWEEN RITZ AND A THE TENSIONS BETWEEN RITZ AND A
PANEL SHE ACTUALLY CHAIRS, THE PANEL SHE ACTUALLY CHAIRS, THE
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
WE NOW GO TO OUR STATE IMPACT WE NOW GO TO OUR STATE IMPACT
EDUCATION TEAM WHO HAS BEEN EDUCATION TEAM WHO HAS BEEN
FOLLOWING THE CASE. FOLLOWING THE CASE.
HOW DID THINGS GET SO BAD, KYLE? HOW DID THINGS GET SO BAD, KYLE?
>>IT’S REALLY HARD TO PINPOINT,>>IT’S REALLY HARD TO PINPOINT,
JOE BUT IT’S NOT LIKE RELATIONS JOE BUT IT’S NOT LIKE RELATIONS
HAVE EVER BEEN GOOD. HAVE EVER BEEN GOOD.
RITZ’S LAWSUIT IS ABOUT STATE RITZ’S LAWSUIT IS ABOUT STATE
BOARD MEMBERS ALLEGEDLY BOARD MEMBERS ALLEGEDLY
VIOLATING INDIANA’S OPEN VIOLATING INDIANA’S OPEN
MEETINGS LAW BUT NOT FAR BENEATH MEETINGS LAW BUT NOT FAR BENEATH
THE SURFACE, THE STATE SCHOOL THE SURFACE, THE STATE SCHOOL
POLICY WATCHERS SAY THIS IS A POLICY WATCHERS SAY THIS IS A
FIGHT OVER WHO CONTROLS FIGHT OVER WHO CONTROLS
EDUCATION POLICY IN INDIANA. EDUCATION POLICY IN INDIANA.
THE TENSIONS HAVE BEEN EVIDENT THE TENSIONS HAVE BEEN EVIDENT
SINCE RITZ’S ELECTION. SINCE RITZ’S ELECTION.
SHE’S FIRST DEMOCRAT TO WIN THE SHE’S FIRST DEMOCRAT TO WIN THE
STATE’S TOP EDUCATION POST IN STATE’S TOP EDUCATION POST IN
ALMOST FOUR DECADES BUT MEMBERS ALMOST FOUR DECADES BUT MEMBERS
OF STATE BOARD WERE ALL OF STATE BOARD WERE ALL
APPOINTED BY GOP GOVERNORS. APPOINTED BY GOP GOVERNORS.
THE MEETINGS HAVE BEEN TENSE, THE MEETINGS HAVE BEEN TENSE,
ESPECIALLY LATELY AFTER GOVERNOR ESPECIALLY LATELY AFTER GOVERNOR
MIKE PENCE ANNOUNCED THE MIKE PENCE ANNOUNCED THE
CREATION OF A NEW AGENCY TO CREATION OF A NEW AGENCY TO
OVERSEE THE STATE BOARD AND ITS OVERSEE THE STATE BOARD AND ITS
BUDGET. BUDGET.
PENCE OFFICIALS SAY THE STATE PENCE OFFICIALS SAY THE STATE
BOARD FEEDS IT. BOARD FEEDS IT.
THE PANEL HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE PANEL HAS ALWAYS BEEN
SETTING THE STATE’S EDUCATION SETTING THE STATE’S EDUCATION
POLICY GOALS BUT IN RECENT POLICY GOALS BUT IN RECENT
HISTORY, RITZ’S DEPTH OF HISTORY, RITZ’S DEPTH OF
EDUCATION HAS CONTROLLED THE EDUCATION HAS CONTROLLED THE
BUDGET. BUDGET.
MANY OF THE BOARD MEMBERS WOULD MANY OF THE BOARD MEMBERS WOULD
WORKED WELL WITH RITZ’S WORKED WELL WITH RITZ’S
PREDECESSOR, TONY BENNETT HAVE PREDECESSOR, TONY BENNETT HAVE
CRITICIZED THE CURRENT STATE CRITICIZED THE CURRENT STATE
SUPERINTENDENT FOR WORKING TOO SUPERINTENDENT FOR WORKING TOO
CLOSELY TO ADDRESS KEY ISSUES. CLOSELY TO ADDRESS KEY ISSUES.
BUT RITZ SAYS THE BOARD ISN’T BUT RITZ SAYS THE BOARD ISN’T
DOING ENOUGH TO COMMUNICATE WITH DOING ENOUGH TO COMMUNICATE WITH
HER WHICH BRINGS US TO THE HER WHICH BRINGS US TO THE
LAWSUIT THAT RITZ FILED THIS LAWSUIT THAT RITZ FILED THIS
WEEK. WEEK.
SHE SAYS THEY WENT BEHIND HER SHE SAYS THEY WENT BEHIND HER
BACK IN DRAFTING A LETTER TO AN BACK IN DRAFTING A LETTER TO AN
OUTSIDE LEGISLATIVE AGENCY TO OUTSIDE LEGISLATIVE AGENCY TO
ASSUME A ROLE IN CALCULATING THE ASSUME A ROLE IN CALCULATING THE
THERE GRADES FOR SCHOOLS. THERE GRADES FOR SCHOOLS.
BOARD MEMBERS DENIED THAT. BOARD MEMBERS DENIED THAT.
THEY SAY THERE WAS NO SECRET THEY SAY THERE WAS NO SECRET
MEETING AND THAT THE LETTER IN MEETING AND THAT THE LETTER IN
QUESTION WAS WRITTEN VIA EMAIL QUESTION WAS WRITTEN VIA EMAIL
AN EXPERT ON THE STATE’S OPEN AN EXPERT ON THE STATE’S OPEN
DOOR LAW SAYS EMAILS DON’T COUNT DOOR LAW SAYS EMAILS DON’T COUNT
AS MEETINGS UNDER THE RULES BUT AS MEETINGS UNDER THE RULES BUT
HE DOESN’T HAVE ALL THE FACTS. HE DOESN’T HAVE ALL THE FACTS.
>>IF THERE WAS A SERIES OF >>IF THERE WAS A SERIES OF
MEETINGS OR IF THERE WAS A MEETINGS OR IF THERE WAS A
MEETING INVOLVING THESE TEN MEETING INVOLVING THESE TEN
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS, AND BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS, AND
THEN FROM THAT MEETING THIS THEN FROM THAT MEETING THIS
LETTER CAME FROM, WELL, THEN YOU LETTER CAME FROM, WELL, THEN YOU
VERY WELL COULD HAVE A VERY WELL COULD HAVE A
VIOLATION. VIOLATION.
>>IF IT WAS ALL DONE BY EMAIL, >>IF IT WAS ALL DONE BY EMAIL,
IT’S PRETTY CUT AND DRIED, THERE IT’S PRETTY CUT AND DRIED, THERE
WAS NO VIOLATION OF THE LETTER WAS NO VIOLATION OF THE LETTER
OF THE LAW. OF THE LAW.
NOW, SOME PEOPLE MIGHT ARGUE IT NOW, SOME PEOPLE MIGHT ARGUE IT
KIND OF GETS AWAY FROM THE KIND OF GETS AWAY FROM THE
SPIRIT OF THE LAW. SPIRIT OF THE LAW.
>>NOW, AS YOU HEARD EARLIER IN >>NOW, AS YOU HEARD EARLIER IN
THE SHOW, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SHOW, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
GREG ZOELLER HAS MOVED TO BLOCK GREG ZOELLER HAS MOVED TO BLOCK
RITZ’S LAWSUIT FROM MAKING IT TO RITZ’S LAWSUIT FROM MAKING IT TO
COURT. COURT.
HE SAYS HE’S NOT TAKING SIDES HE SAYS HE’S NOT TAKING SIDES
BUT HE SAYS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BUT HE SAYS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
IS THE ONLY OFFICE THAT CAN FILE IS THE ONLY OFFICE THAT CAN FILE
OR DEFEND LAWSUITS ON BEHALF OF OR DEFEND LAWSUITS ON BEHALF OF
THE STATE AND RITZ SAYS SHE’S THE STATE AND RITZ SAYS SHE’S
OPEN TO RESOLVING THE PLATTER OPEN TO RESOLVING THE PLATTER
OUT OF THE COURT BUT SHE — OUT OF THE COURT BUT SHE —
MATTER OUT OF COURT BUT SHE HAS MATTER OUT OF COURT BUT SHE HAS
TO TAKE A STAND. TO TAKE A STAND.
ONE BOARD MEMBER HAS FILED A ONE BOARD MEMBER HAS FILED A
LAWSUIT OF HIS OWN AND LAWSUIT OF HIS OWN AND
LaFAYETTE JOURNAL AND COURIER CR LaFAYETTE JOURNAL AND COURIER CR
AND EDITORIAL BOARD SAID THERE’S AND EDITORIAL BOARD SAID THERE’S
A LITTLE REASON FOR HOOSIERS TO A LITTLE REASON FOR HOOSIERS TO
BELIEVE THINGS WILL EVER GET BELIEVE THINGS WILL EVER GET
BETTER IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETTER IN THE RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN GLENDA RITZ AND JUST BETWEEN GLENDA RITZ AND JUST
ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE AT THE STATE ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE AT THE STATE
HOUSE, END QUOTE. HOUSE, END QUOTE.
ONE MORE STORY BESIDES STATE ONE MORE STORY BESIDES STATE
BOARD SQUABBLES YOU CAN TAKE A BOARD SQUABBLES YOU CAN TAKE A
LOOK ON OUR WEBSITE, LOOK ON OUR WEBSITE,
STATEIMPACTINDIANA.ORG RIGHT STATEIMPACTINDIANA.ORG RIGHT
NOW, ONE CHART THAT DESCRIBES NOW, ONE CHART THAT DESCRIBES
THE CREEPIN CREEPING POVERTY PR. THE CREEPIN CREEPING POVERTY PR.
THAT’S THE LEVEL OF STUDENTS THAT’S THE LEVEL OF STUDENTS
LIVING IN POVERTY THAT ARE LIVING IN POVERTY THAT ARE
ATTENDING INDIANA SCHOOLS AS ATTENDING INDIANA SCHOOLS AS
MEASURED BY THE FREE AND REDUCED MEASURED BY THE FREE AND REDUCED
PRICE LUNCH NUMBERS. PRICE LUNCH NUMBERS.
YOU CAN SEE THE ORANGE LINE YOU CAN SEE THE ORANGE LINE
REPRESENTS WHAT THE PERCENTAGE REPRESENTS WHAT THE PERCENTAGE
OF THOSE STUDENTS RELATIVE TO OF THOSE STUDENTS RELATIVE TO
THE OVERALL ENROLLMENT IN THE OVERALL ENROLLMENT IN
INDIANA SCHOOLS. INDIANA SCHOOLS.
SO VERY CLOSE TO A MAJORITY OF SO VERY CLOSE TO A MAJORITY OF
STUDENTS RECEIVING FREE OR STUDENTS RECEIVING FREE OR
REDUCED PRICED LUNCHES IN REDUCED PRICED LUNCHES IN
INDIANA SCHOOLS. INDIANA SCHOOLS.
IT’S A VERY INTERESTING TREND IT’S A VERY INTERESTING TREND
AND IT’S TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE AND IT’S TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE
NATION, JOE AND YOU CAN L

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