Pence power grab aimed at Glenda Ritz

In this file photo taken on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, talks to the media after naming Rep. Suzanne Crouch R-Evansville, Indiana State Auditor at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Governor Mike Pence announced plans Thursday to change the way the Chairman of the State Board of Education is chosen.

It’s a move aimed at taking power away from Democratic State School Superintendent Glenda Ritz.

The Republican governor announced his proposal at a legislative conference in the Convention Center. Pence said he would issue an executive order to dissolve the Center for Education and Career Innovation, an agency that was viewed as a shadow for the Department of Education.

Then, he will seek legislation that would allow the Board of Education to elect its chairman. Currently that post automatically goes to the State Superintendent.

“It’s time to take politics out of education in Indiana,” said Pence, “or at least out of the State Board of Education.”

“I just thought it was important that someone take the first step to restore trust, to restore harmony at the highest levels of education in Indiana,” he went on to say. “We’ve simply got to get the State Board of Education working.”

With Republicans super majorities in the General Assembly the governor should have little difficulty winning approval for his idea. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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