Indianapolis, IN - Events Local News Groups Contact
Ritz Supporters to Flood Statehouse with Rally against Authority loss
Ritz Supporters to Flood Statehouse with Rally against Authority loss
By LAURYN SCHROEDER , Associated Press, Anne Kelly, Katie Heinz / theindychannel.com
Feb 17, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Hundreds of supporters of Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz held an Indiana Statehouse rally against bills advancing in the Republican-dominated Legislature to shift authority away from her office.

MORE | House OKs bill replacing Ritz as board of ed chair  | Ritz supporters launch 'Twitter storm'

Organizers for Monday afternoon's rally include the Indiana Coalition for Public Education, the Indiana PTA and teachers unions.

"I couldn't believe how many people gathered at the Statehouse in support of public education. So it was awesome. It was a good feeling to know that we have that many voters in the State of Indiana that care about what they elected me to do," Ritz said.

PHOTOS | Ritz supporters rally at Statehouse

The state Senate has until Feb. 25 to vote on a bill that would allow the State Board of Education to replace Ritz as its leader.  An expected vote Monday did not happen.

The House last week approved a similar proposal that Ritz supporters say would disenfranchise the 1.3 million voters who elected her as superintendent in 2012.

MORE | Ritz, board say ISTEP+ time can be shortened | Ritz, ISTEP+ dominate 'Indianapolis This Week'

"This is a system that's been working for 100 years, and we don't think it's good public policy to change it because you don't like someone and you're not getting along. We'd love to see everyone get along better, we'd definitely like to see the dysfunction remedied, but we don't think this is the right remedy," said Marilyn Shank with the Indiana Coalition for Public Education.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence now appoints all 10 other board members and they have clashed repeatedly with Ritz. Those backing the change in selecting the chair say it's needed to fix a dysfunctional board.

0.0 ·
0
Trending Today
The Uncurious, Continuing, Stubborn Refusal to Grasp Bernie Sanders
Liam Miller106,460 views today ·
50 Eco-Conscious Documentaries to Celebrate Earth Day (That You Can Watch Online)
Films For Action19,169 views today ·
25 Cheat Sheets for Taking Care of Yourself Like a Damn Adult
Anna Borges11,526 views today ·
5 Reasons to Build a Network of Small Groups, Rather Than a Mass Movement of Individuals
Richard D. Bartlett8,575 views today ·
Meet the Teen Inventor Who Wants to Get the Navajo Nation off Coal
5 min8,114 views today ·
10 Quotes From an Oglala Lakota Chief That Will Make You Question Everything About Our Society
Wisdom Pills7,856 views today ·
Gandhi's Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World
Henrik Edberg4,758 views today ·
We Stand for All Sacred Life on Earth
Joe Brewer3,860 views today ·
Why V for Vendetta Author Alan Moore Says You Should Support Jeremy Corbyn
Alan Moore2,672 views today ·
Load More
What's Next
Cops Are Now Less Cautious Than Soldiers In Iraq
Jonathan Carp
Factory Collapse in Bangladesh Shows Cracks in the System
Michelle Chen
Yes, There Is An Alternative to Capitalism: Mondragon Shows the Way
Richard Wolff
Like us on Facebook?
Ritz Supporters to Flood Statehouse with Rally against Authority loss