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StateImpact Indiana: Glenda Ritz

by Kyle Stokes

January 24, 2013

Glenda Ritz officially became the first Democrat in nearly four decades to hold Indiana’s top elected education post last week.  She faced down long odds to unseat incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett in the November elections.  Now, she faces an equally steep challenge:  navigating the tricky politics of the Republican-controlled General Assembly.  But as StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports, the tone Ritz struck in her first week on the job is encouraging to some Indiana teachers — even to a conservative statehouse observer.

StateImpact Indiana is a collaboration between NPR and your Indiana Public Broadcasting stations.