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State Board of Education meeting ends abruptly over power struggle

by Kyle Stokes

November 13, 2013

Indiana state schools superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly ended a meeting of the State Board of Education this afternoon.  But board members refused to leave.  As StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes reports, the bizarre scene comes as part of a power struggle between Ritz and the State Board for control of the state’s education agenda.

Before board member Oliver’s motion, the board did vote to approve a conceptual framework for a new A through F rating system for Hoosier schools.  The vote did not, however, establish the details of how state officials will tabulate those grades beginning in 2015.  The board was under a deadline from state lawmakers, who mandated the board take action on a new A-F system by Friday.