Pence, Ritz meet, agree to seek help in dispute

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Gov. Mike Pence and Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz have agreed to work together to try to resolve an ongoing power struggle.

Pence and Ritz issued a joint statement Wednesday saying they met Tuesday and have agreed to have the National Association of State Boards of Education help mediate a talk among Indiana State Board of Education members regarding roles, responsibilities and the operations of the board.

Statement from Gov. Pence: 

"I am grateful to the Superintendent for her willingness to work with my administration to address the challenges and opportunities for Hoosier students, teachers and schools. I also appreciate the Superintendent's willingness to work with members of the Indiana State Board of Education and NASBE to resolve differences that have arisen on the board," said Governor Pence.

Statement from Superintendent Ritz: 

"Since the last meeting of the State Board of Education, I have said that the Governor and I needed to work together directly to address recent issues that have arisen," said Superintendent Ritz. "Yesterday's meeting was a first step towards that goal. I believe the Governor now has a clearer understanding of my concerns regarding the CECI, but much work remains to be done."

Ritz, a Democrat, chairs the board, but Pence, a Republican, has appointment power over 10 of the 11 board seats.

Ritz called the meeting she had with Pence a first step toward working out the conflict, but says much more needs to be done.

Pence says he is pleased Ritz is willing to work with his administration.

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