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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