Letter: Ritz needs to show leadership, collegiality


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To the editor:

State Board of Education members, including Superintendent Glenda Ritz, participated recently in a strategic planning meeting and an orientation session led by national consultants.

Optimism over board progress made with the help of these consultants diminished quickly when Superintendent Ritz walked directly out of the board’s public orientation to hold a press conference accusing the governor of yet another attempt to usurp her authority. Her claim is based on an old email from Oct. 3 mined from a closed DOE email account previously belonging to a current member of the governor’s staff.

The email consisted of draft recommendations for reorganizing the governance structure of the state board. Such recommendations have been rejected by Gov. Mike Pence, which he had personally conveyed to Superintendent Ritz the previous week.

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