Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Governor Pence is dissolving his education agency, the Center for Education and Career Innovation. The news came as a surprise to many in the education field because “CECI”, as it's called, was the governor’s brainchild.

Since its creation last year, CECI has overseen staff for the State Board of Education, the group responsible for creating policies that affect thousands of students across the state.

But some people aren’t sure whether this move is enough to help board members cooperate and accomplish their goals.

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Legislative leaders are split along party lines in their evaluations of Governor Mike Pence’s proposed changes to the state’s education hierarchy. 

Governor Mike Pence will eliminate the controversial Center for Education and Career Innovation, or CECI, which has been a thorn in the side of state Superintendent Glenda Ritz since its creation two years ago. 

But Pence also wants the General Assembly to allow the State Board of Education – made up of Pence appointees – to elect its own chair, a position held by Ritz. 

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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.

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An ethics committee investigating charges against former state school superintendent Tony Bennett is considering a settlement

The inspector general filed an ethics complaint against Bennett in November alleging he used government resources during his re-election campaign in 2012. 

Ritz wins IN Superintendent post in upset

Nov 6, 2012

In perhaps the biggest upset of Tuesday’s statewide election, Democrat Glenda Ritz came from behind to unseat GOP incumbent Tony Bennett as Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

In her victory speech, Ritz promised to lead the Department of Education as a teacher, not a politician. Relying heavily on grassroots support from the state’s teachers unions, Ritz secured 52% of the vote to defeat Bennett.

“This race should always be an elected position because it is just too important for the people to not have a say regarding the future of Indiana.”

The candidates vying to be Indiana’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction took the stage Wednesday night at Wabash College in Crawfordsville for an election forum.

Republican incumbent Tony Bennett believes in holding students, teachers and schools accountable. So he'll give his first term in office a "B." He says his only mistake has been allowing his opponents to paint him as a politician who wants to privatize schools.

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