I attended the Indiana State Board of Education meeting in Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 9, and was genuinely disturbed by what I saw. It seems we have a board who thinks they can run roughshod over Superintendent Glenda Ritz.
One of the board's goals is to be able to add agenda items the day of a meeting without giving the public advance notice of what business will be conducted. Also (and this should get every voter's attention), the board is trying to lessen the power of Dr. Ritz while increasing their own ability to make policy.
When several career educators (including at least one college professor) publicly stated their grave concerns, one board member brazenly dismissed their thoughtful vigilance as "much ado about nothing."
As a high school teacher and citizen of the state, I wonder how a group of governor-appointed board members can think they have the ability to change the job description of a democratically elected public official (Remember, Dr. Ritz received 1.3 million votes in 2012). I urge everyone to be alert to these truly bizarre tactics.