It's no secret in Indiana that there has been tension between Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education.
The Indiana General Assembly stripped Ritz of her automatic chairmanship of the board, but it also required a shakeup in the board. Senate Enrolled Act 1 reconstituted the board and changed its composition.
Northwest Indiana's new representative, Eddie Melton, is manager of federal governmental relations and community relations at NIPSCO. Melton replaces Gary attorney Tony Walker on the board.
We asked Melton and Valparaiso Community Schools Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia to offer their visions for the board.
The new board is scheduled to meet Wednesday. Today, we present the columns by Melton and Frataccia.
Read them, then share your views on the NWI Opinion Facebook page or in a letter to the editor sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or Letters, The Times, 601 W. 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321. Remember to keep your letter under 150 words, and include your name, city and phone number.