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Make all 11 seats on the Indiana Board of Education ELECTED by the people and NOT appointed by the Governor!

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Amend Indiana Code 20-19-2-2 to require that ALL 11 members of the Indiana Board of Education be elected by the citizens of Indiana and NOT appointed by the Governor.

Currently, 10 of the 11 members of the Indiana Board of Education are APPOINTED by the Indiana Governor.  Consequently, those positions are being used for overt political purposes.  The constituents are not being served by the board.  Instead, the Governor and ruling party of the Indiana General Assembly are being represented and it is hurting the education system.

IN 2013, Governor Mike Pence created an entirely new state education agency, the Center for Education and Career Innovation (CECI), which was designed to undermine the duties of the sole elected member of the Indiana Board of Education, Superintendent Glenda Ritz.  A number of the members of this new agency are former staffers of the ousted, former Superintendent, Tony Bennett.  Additionally, 6 of the 16 staff members of the CECI are making over $100,000 a year, an expense the state of Indiana does not need.    After 16 months, Governor Pence announced that he would be dissolving the CECI.

The Pence-created CECI drafted model legislation to remove Superintendent Glenda Ritz from her position as Chair of the Board of Education.   

In December 2014, Governor Mike Pence announced that he would push the legislature to make the Chaiman of the Board of Education elected by members of the Board (10 of whom are appointed by him) to "...restore harmony and trust".   Currently, the Indiana Code states that the Chairman of the State Board of Education shall be whomever is elected as Indiana's Superintendent of Public Instruction.   Recall, that 10 of the 11 members are appointed by the Governor. 

THIS MUST STOP!

Demand that the PEOPLE of Indiana decide who serves on the Indiana Board of Education versus allowing the Governor to use appointed positions as a proxy for his political agenda!

THE PEOPLE SHOULD DECIDE!



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