Democrat Glenda Ritz, a former school librarian, teacher and the Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction in Indiana, has filed a lawsuit against Gov Mike Pence's STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. Ritz beat former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and sent him to Florida where he ended up resigning in disgrace.
Over 1.3 million voters in the 2012 election cast their ballot for Glenda, more than voted for Pence, which to me means that the voters favored the policies of Glenda Ritz over the policies of Tony Bennett.
Ritz's lawsuit is in response to a new bureaucracy created to make the State Board independent of State Superintendent Ritz. This has never been done before in the history of the State Board of Education.
Gov. Pence and the members of the State Board are trying to minimize and undermine the role of Glenda Ritz, in an effort to redo the election.
From the news link below:
"Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that ten members of the State Board violated Indiana’s Open Door Law when they took action by requesting that Senator Long and Speaker Bosma appoint Indiana’s Legislative Services Agency to perform calculations to determine the 2012-2013 A-F grades for Indiana schools. The suit alleges that no public notice was issued for a meeting that allowed for this action and that Superintendent Ritz was not made aware of this action until after it was taken, despite her role as Chair of the State Board of Education.
“When I was sworn in to office, I took an oath to uphold the laws of the State of Indiana,” said Superintendent Ritz. “I take this oath very seriously and I was dismayed to learn that other members of the State Board have not complied with the requirements of the law. While I respect the commitment and expertise of members of the board individually, I feel they have over-stepped their bounds."
I have attended some really great events where Supt. Ritz has been the featured speaker. She is the real thing. A true grassroots progressive Democrat who doesn't take any crap from these GOP goobers.
Before her election Ritz worked as an educator and Media Specialist for many years. She won teacher of the year awards at two different schools and is one of 155 nationally board certified teachers in the state of Indiana. She served as President of the Washington Township Education Association for 15 years leading up to her election. While she served as President of the Washington Township Union, she also served on the board of ISTA.
Go Glenda, watch her roar!