With two seats vacant on Indiana’s education policy-creating body, the state’s highest ranking education official is concerned.
The House advanced a bill to the governor to make the Superintendent of Public Instruction an appointed, rather than elected position.
Senate lawmakers want to give statewide officeholders, including the governor, a pay raise.
New Governor Eric Holcomb took the oath of office at the State Fairgrounds in front of a crowd of thousands to become Indiana’s 51st governor.
Ritz found support from the crowd about changing school testing in Indiana.
Tony Bennett advocated for school accountability and a district takeover provision while Ritz said she wants roll back many of his key policies.
Whether or not the sweeping reforms were good or bad depends on the point of view.
The state superintendent said the questions centered around making sure the state, turnaround school operators, schools and community work together.
For the first time, the Indiana Department of Education is giving letter grades to its schools, in an effort to make performance data easier to understand.
A half dozen chronically under-performing schools did not improve enough to be removed from the state's probation list.