The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


December 23, 2013

Viewpoint: Governors' actions defy democracy


And then there’s education. If the people of Indiana elect a Superintendent of Public Instruction of the “wrong” party — and at a higher margin than your own vote — you just build a structure around her and try to keep her from having any authority over the education policies of Indiana. And it doesn’t matter how much money or time you waste in the process. This new body, the Center for Education and Career Innovation (CECI), was created for the express purpose of doing an end run around Glenda Ritz. The State Board of Education, whose members were all appointed by Daniels or Pence, already providing her a challenge, is now under the CECI, six of whose 16 members make over $100,000 annually — more than Ritz makes. The CECI reports directly to the governor, incidentally.

Isn’t it interesting that the “small government” governor would create such a superfluous and conflicting structure? Mr. Pence declared that he’s not trying to remove Ritz from office. Of course not; he’s already been told he can’t legally do that. This is his alternative.

Ban ... ignore ... bypass. Does this sound like democracy to you?



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