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Bill Removing Ritz Moves Forward

Rachel Morello
State Impact Indiana

After passing through the Senate, the House Tuesday approve a bill that would remove state superintendent Glenda Ritz as chair of the State Board of Education.

In addition to removing the state superintendent as the board’s chair, Senate Bill 1 would add two more board members and change how members are appointed. 

Currently, 10 board members and the state superintendent make up the State Board of  Education, and SB1 would bump that total up to 13. It will also allow the Speaker of the House and the Senate President Pro Tem to each appoint a  member, in addition to the governor’s ten appointees. 

The House voted 55-41 to pass the bill, where it now goes back to the Senate for final approval,  If signed into law by the governor the measure would go into effect in July.