Pence Responds To Keeping Ritz Out Of The Loop

By Emily Dwire - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

August 25, 2013 Updated Aug 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Governor Mike Pence was in Fort Wayne Sunday night, just days after announcing his creation of the Center for Education and Career Innovation.

Pence says the institution will emphasize workforce development and prepare students for the job market, and hopefully lower the state's unemployment rate.

One detail Pence left out, though, communicating with State Superintendent Glenda Ritz about his latest plans.

Ritz claims she found out through news reports, instead.

Pence didn't give a real explanation Sunday, but says he'll work more closely with the Department of Education in the future.

“We're going to continue to work on an ongoing basis with the Department of Education, with the Commission of Higher Education, with the Department of Workforce Development, to make sure all of those agencies are working together,” he said.

The creation of the Center for Education and Career Innovation also comes just weeks after it was discovered that former State School Superintendent Tony Bennett allegedly tampered with Indiana’s "A-through-F" school rating system.

The system that was rejected by Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) just a few weeks ago.

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