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Indiana General Assembly

Stop the attempts to dilute the authority of Supt. Glenda Ritz’s office.

    1. Petition by

      Indiana Federation of Teachers

There are two bills filed in the Indiana House that would dramatically reduce the authority of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

HB1251 changes the State Board of Education by taking away the requirement for 4 members to hold a teaching license and be actively employed in an Indiana school. It also takes away the need for bi-partisan make-up of the board and changes their terms. This could leave the citizens of Indiana and Supt. Ritz with 10 board members of one party-none the same as Supt. Ritz.

HB1309 would establish that the board would elect a vice chair who would preside in the state superintendent's absence. But that's not all. It would allow the vice chair to call meetings, set agendas, amend agendas, etc. essentially making the board leadership position an appointed one rather than elected based on November's results! It goes on to dilute the bi-partisan leadership of the Education Roundtable by adding another governor appointed position (Commissioner for Higher Ed) to a co-chair position on the Roundtable then provides that two of the same party will carry out the administrative roles on the Roundtable which means Supt. Ritz would not have authority, even shared authority as current law provides.

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Indiana General Assembly
Stop the attempts to dilute the authority of Supt. Glenda Ritz’s office.

[Your name]

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kari Bordner NOBLESVILLE, IN
      • 7 months ago

      Governor Pence and the Republicans in the legislature do not support teahers. They support the model to do away with ISTA not support teachers. Let teachers be a professional groupl and let are votes and decisions be honored. Bill Gates was not right and he changed the way he runs his company and so the top down model he presented is no longer in use by him.

    • Lana Kirby FRANKLIN, IN
      • 8 months ago

      Because the needs of the children need to come before politics.

    • david rekenberger FORT WAYNE, IN
      • 9 months ago

      Glenda was democratically elected and needs support.

    • Denise Randolph MOORELAND, NE
      • 10 months ago

      Bipartisan politics needs to stop! Ritz was elected-let her do her job! Stop pretending she doesn't exist! The MAJORITY of voters elected her. STOP trying to make her authority nonexistent!!

    • Therese Hamilton NEW CASTLE, IN
      • about 1 year ago

      I campaigned and voted for Glenda Ritz ; I would like her to have the opportunity to lead the Indiana DOE.


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