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GUEST COMMENTARY: I beseech Ritz to work with state board

GUEST COMMENTARY: I beseech Ritz to work with state board

In 2011,the Indiana State Board of Education directed then Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett to pursue a waiver on the state's behalf from the federal law known as No Child Left Behind (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). No Child Left Behind mandated that Indiana school…

July 23, 2014 12:00 am

State school board sidelines Ritz

INDIANAPOLIS | The members of Republican Gov. Mike Pence's State Board of Education seized total control of the school policy panel Wednesday by reducing its statutory chairwoman Glenda Ritz, the elected Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, to a mere figurehead.

July 09, 2014 6:30 pm

TONY LUX: Parents, protect students from untrained teachers

How many parents would be comfortable having a relatively unknown, untrained and untested adult, with no previous teaching experience of any kind, take over their child’s classroom and even run their school and school system? I’m guessing not many. But this is exactly what Indiana is prepari…

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Lake County a finalist for preschool pilot program

Lake County a finalist for preschool pilot program

INDIANAPOLIS | Lake County could be selected next month as one of the five counties participating in Indiana's preschool pilot program.

June 04, 2014 3:30 pm Related

EDITORIAL: Teachers must learn to teach first

Teachers in Indiana normally go through four years of instruction in how to teach, then begin work on a master's degree once they are placed in charge of a classroom.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am
Education groups oppose plan to license untrained teachers

Education groups oppose plan to license untrained teachers

INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, joined a coalition of Hoosier education groups Thursday urging the State Board of Education to reconsider its plan to create a new teacher license that requires no teacher training prior to entering the classroom.

May 22, 2014 6:00 pm
State School Board endorses easier route to classroom for new teachers

State School Board endorses easier route to classroom for new teachers

INDIANAPOLIS | The State Board of Education agreed Wednesday to create a “career specialist” teaching permit, enabling Hoosiers with three years full-time work experience, but no education training, to become high school teachers in the subject they worked in.

May 14, 2014 10:13 pm
Agencies use National Autism Month to spread awareness

Agencies use National Autism Month to spread awareness

Ed Martin, of Portage, remembers when his son was diagnosed with autism at a year and a half. He said there were no programs for his son, who is now almost 50.

April 29, 2014 7:51 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL: Focus more attention on remediation

The latest A-F school accountability grades in Indiana are finally out, accompanied by the customary grumbling or bragging.

December 26, 2013 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Board should admit error, vow to change

As the Indiana State Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz continue to battle, rather than settle their differences, one point about a previous board tactic must not escape notice.

December 06, 2013 12:00 am
Mediator unable to resolve conflicts between Ritz, State Board of Education

Mediator unable to resolve conflicts between Ritz, State Board of Education

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-appointed State Board of Education and its chairwoman Glenda Ritz, the elected Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, met Wednesday with a mediator trying to resolve the procedural, policy and personal conflicts that have turned recent board meet…

December 04, 2013 1:40 pm Related
New state agency mired in controversy

New state agency mired in controversy

INDIANAPOLIS | The Center for Education and Career Innovation, a new state agency, was established by Republican Gov. Mike Pence to integrate education and workforce training in Indiana by uniting various school and employment boards and agencies under a single umbrella.

November 24, 2013 11:30 pm Photos

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RICH JAMES: Pence's olive branch to Ritz is poisoned

RICH JAMES: Pence's olive branch to Ritz is poisoned

Just when you thought Gov. Mike Pence’s quest to take control of education couldn’t be any more blatant, he turned things up a notch.

November 20, 2013 12:00 am
Pence seeks outside help to stop State Board of Education fights

Pence seeks outside help to stop State Board of Education fights

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence has turned to the National Association of State Boards of Education for guidance in resolving ongoing disputes between Indiana's State Board of Education and Glenda Ritz, the state superintendent of public instruction.

November 15, 2013 5:00 pm Related
New measure to grade schools clears first hurdle

New measure to grade schools clears first hurdle

INDIANAPOLIS | The State Board of Education reluctantly approved the framework of a new A-F school grading system Wednesday to meet a legal deadline, but members insisted there remains much work to be done before the revised accountability model is ready to be used.

November 13, 2013 1:20 pm Photos

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How can appointed board not help superintendent?

So Tony Walker wants to know, "How can you work with 10 people that you are suing?"

November 10, 2013 12:00 am

State Board of Education pushes school grade release to December

INDIANAPOLIS | Despite its repeated complaints that Glenda Ritz has taken too long to calculate school grades, the State Board of Education voted Friday to delay the public release of grades until the end of December.

November 08, 2013 2:48 pm Related
Judge weighs whether to toss Ritz lawsuit

Judge weighs whether to toss Ritz lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS | A judge is likely to rule Friday on Attorney General Greg Zoeller's request to throw out the lawsuit state schools chief Glenda Ritz filed last month against the State Board of Education.

November 05, 2013 6:15 pm Related

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Ritz: Suit has nothing to do with politics, only procedure

INDIANAPOLIS | The personal and political hostility that has, at times, disrupted and distracted the State Board of Education over the past nine months could hit a new high next week.

October 27, 2013 11:15 pm

Indiana AG wants Ritz lawsuit tossed

INDIANAPOLIS | The lawsuit filed Tuesday by State Superintendent Glenda Ritz against the members of the State Board of Education appears headed for a quick dismissal.

October 24, 2013 3:00 pm Photos

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