Indiana Board of Education membership undergoes revamp

FILE - In a in this June 10, 2013 file photo, Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, talks about interruptions experienced by students taking ISTEP tests. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two vocal critics of Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz will no longer serve on the State Board of Education under its revamped membership.

Persistent Ritz critics Marian University President Dan Elsener and Indiana Wesleyan University professor Brad Oliver won’t be back after Republican Gov. Mike Pence and GOP legislative leaders announced their 10 appointments to join Ritz on the education board Wednesday.

The terms of the current board members expire Monday under changes to the board’s makeup adopted by the Legislature this year.

Lawmakers approved the changes after a contentious debate about conflicts between the Republican-dominated board and Ritz.

Pence reappointed five current board members, including some who have clashed with Ritz.

Ritz remains chairwoman of the state board under the new law. 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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