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Governor Mike Pence announced Thursday that he intends to sign an executive order to dissolve his education agency, the Center for Education and Career Innovation. 

Pence expressed pride in the work CECI has done in the last two years, but says he is aware of the controversy that has surrounded this center since its creation. He says his decision is the first step to get the State Board of Education working again.

State Board Of Ed. Delays Release Of Schools' A-F Grades

Oct 15, 2014
West Lafayette Community School Corporation

The state‘s A-to-F grades for schools will not be made public this month after all.

The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to delay the release of the grades for the 2013-14 school year after a heated discussion involving appeals of grades filed by a handful of schools. The grades are now scheduled to be released at the next state board meeting on Nov. 5.

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A Marion County judge is allowing a lawsuit involving a dispute between state superintendent Glenda Ritz and the State Board of Education to move forward.

The judge Tuesday denied the Attorney General’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by four residents against the State Board of Education.

The issue at the center of the lawsuit is whether State Board of Education members violated the state’s open meeting law when they decided via email to send a legislative leaders a letter, asking them to intervene in how school’s A-F grades were being calculated.

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Kindergarten teacher Twyla Flint is worried.

"We’ve been hearing about the discourse, the difficulties that they’ve been having through, you know, television and news reports over the last several months," she says.

Flint could be describing Congress. But she’s actually talking about a more local group: Indiana’s State Board of Education.

The group has a lot of influence over what happens in her classroom so Flint went to watch the Board meeting last Wednesday like it was some kind of traveling sideshow.

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Groups opposed to a teacher licensing permit that would require no teacher training ahead of time say the proposal is dangerous and poses grave concerns about teacher preparation.

The State Board of Education last week moved forward with a proposal to create a Career Workplace Specialist permit.  It would allow individuals to teach in high school without a teaching degree. 

Opinion shows SBOE did not violate Open Door Law

Nov 26, 2013

The 10 appointed members of the State Board of Education did not violate Indiana’s Open Door Law in signing a letter to legislative leaders last month. That's according to an advisory opinion from the state’s public access counselor released Monday.

Governor Mike Pence announced Friday that he’s asked a national group to facilitate a discussion “within the State Board of Education,” hoping to de-escalate the tensions among Indiana’s top education policymakers.  Pence’s announcement comes two days after State Superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly adjourned a meeting of the State Board without a vote.

Rift between Ritz, SBOE widens

Nov 14, 2013

State superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly ended a meeting of the State Board of Education without a vote Wednesday, but board members refused to leave.  The tense situation is part of a power struggle between Ritz and the State Board for control of the state’s education agenda.

Directly at issue was a motion State Board member Brad Oliver offered during Wednesday’s meeting.  He wanted to authorize staff for Governor Mike Pence’s newly-created education agency, which oversees the State Board, to take a formal role in reviewing the state’s academic standards. 

Ritz's lawsuit against SBOE thrown out

Nov 8, 2013

A Marion County judge has dismissed Indiana’s top school official’s lawsuit against the members of the State Board of Education.  Judge Louis Rosenberg ruled Friday afternoon that state superintendent Glenda Ritz wasn’t authorized to file it in the first place.

Ritz was chairing a meeting of the State Board at the moment Rosenberg handed down his decision.  His ruling didn’t touch on the merits of Ritz’s case against the Board — she charged they had violated state open meetings law.

Ritz files lawsuit against SBOE action

Oct 23, 2013

State superintendent Glenda Ritz has raised the stakes of her showdown with Indiana’s top education panel, naming all ten members of the State Board of Education as defendants in a lawsuit she filed Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court.

At issue is the calculation of A-F school letter grades, which Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s office would typically handle. But State Board of Education members sent a letter last week asking the Indiana General Assembly to intervene.

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