Ritz Claims Governor Pence Is Undermining Her Efforts

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Ritz Claims Governor Pence Is Undermining Her Efforts

July 9, 2014 Updated Jul 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (21Alive) -- Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz took aim at Governor Pence and his administration, claiming they are stalling her efforts.

Glenda Ritz released the following statement:

“I have said from the start that I am a strong proponent of renewing and extending our waiver. Unfortunately, the Governor-appointed State Board of Education and his separate education staff appear determined to undermine our work.

“Let me be clear. If passed, this resolution will place our waiver in serious jeopardy. This resolution unfairly questions the honesty and capacity of my administration to implement the waiver and may result in ramifications from Washington.

“I am fully committed to implementing our waiver. Both the Governor and our legislative leaders have said that they fully support our waiver extension. Based in part on this support, the Department of Education spent countless hours preparing and submitting our waiver application.

“The Board has made it clear that they will not listen to me or the Department. I have asked that the Governor remove this resolution from consideration tomorrow before our schools and students suffer the consequences.”

Critics of Ritz claim that she is stalling efforts to receive the waiver by not cooperating and working with the Board of Education.

On Wednesday, the board is set to consider the transferal of certain powers from Ritz to an agency created by Governor Pence.

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