INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Embattled Indiana schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz has
received a standing ovation during Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s second State
of the State address.
Pence thanked Ritz and members of the State Board of Education for their
work to improve the state’s schools.
Tensions have run high between Ritz and the board members, all of whom were
appointed by Pence or former Gov. Mitch Daniels. Ritz is the lone Democrat
in the Pence administration and opposes school vouchers and many other
education changes implemented under Daniels and whose expansion Pence
Ritz last month accused Pence of a power grab by creating a separate
education agency. Pence has said he will not pursue any changes in her
status as chairman of the state education panel.