The Indiana State Board of Education is set to consider measures today (Wednesday) that would transfer control of certain items from Democrat Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and the Department of Education to board members and staff at a separate education agency created last year by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.
In a press release Ritz stated that she is a strong proponent of renewing and extending the waiver but that the Governor-appointed State Board of Education and his separate education staff appear determined to undermine their work.
Ritz says that if the board gets its way that the waiver would be placed in jeopardy.
Ritz chairs the state board but some board members have accused her of freezing them out of discussions and improperly blocking their motions at board meetings.
Last year all of the political infighting led to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to call Indiana’s education leadership “dysfunctional.”