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November 20, 2012

Incoming Indiana schools chief dropping out of suit

INDIANAPOLIS — Incoming state school Superintendent Glenda Ritz says she intends to remove herself as a plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the state's school voucher program.

Ritz, a school librarian, told The Associated Press Tuesday that she would drop out of the legal challenge after a state Supreme Court hearing set for Wednesday and before she takes office Jan. 14.

The Democrat defeated Republican Superintendent Tony Bennett in the Nov. 6 election after campaigning against policies including the school voucher program, which opponents say undermines public education.

Ritz says she is pledged to uphold state law as the new state superintendent and remaining part of the suit would present a conflict of interest.

But she says she still believes the current program is unconstitutional.

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