Supporting Public Education

By Emily Dwire

February 23, 2013 Updated Feb 23, 2013 at 7:59 PM EDT

New Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz was in Fort Wayne this afternoon to speak at the first "Public Schools Across America" regional action planning meeting.

Teachers, students, principals, and supporters of public education filled the Folsom Room at Plymouth Congregational Church to hear Ritz speak.

The meeting was an opportunity for the community to share concerns about the attacks on public schools. There was also discussion on what can be done to strengthen public education in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan, but to also influence change throughout the United States.

With Ball State University not renewing three Fort Wayne charter school contracts, we wanted to know what the superintendent suggests doing with those affected kids. She said that she hopes the parents and students will be integrating back into the public school system. And to appeal to others, Ritz hopes to put outreach coordinators in each of the regions in Indiana.

Ritz, who has been in office for 5 weeks, says she's been working on reorganizing and reconstructing the Department of Education.

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