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Year In Review: The State Board Of Education In 2014

State Board of Education members Gordon Hendry, left, Brad Oliver, David Freitas and Andrea Neal listen during a previous meeting.

State Board of Education members Gordon Hendry, left, Brad Oliver, David Freitas and Andrea Neal listen during a previous meeting. (photo credit: Claire McInerny)

If you’ve followed education policy in Indiana the last few years, you’ve no doubt come across news about the State Board of Education. The 11 person panel, including state superintendent Glenda Ritz, creates education policy for the state that is recommended to the legislature and the governor.

Board meeting started to become dramatic when Ritz, a democrat, was elected in 2012 and became chair of the board which is comprised of Republican governor Mike Pence and former governor Mitch Daniels’ appointees.

So how did that saga play out in 2014? Here are the highlights:

Going into 2015, the board has a lot of work to do getting the new version of the ISTEP+ approved for this spring as well as the coming years. We’ll also be keeping an eye on what the General Assembly decides to do about the role of the chair, because if Ritz is removed as chair a different kind of tension could ensue.

 

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