Ritz inaugurated as Ind. school superintendent

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Glenda Ritz has been sworn in as Indiana's top public education official, the first Democrat to hold the position in decades.

The former teacher was inaugurated as superintendent of public instruction Saturday at the Statehouse as a crowd of supporters watched and high school choirs performed.

Ritz upset Republican School Superintendent Tony Bennett in November running a campaign against sweeping education changes pushed by him and other top Republicans.

But Gov. Mike Pence and Republicans who Republicans dominate both the Indiana House and Senate are pushing legislative proposals this year to expand school vouchers and use private money to send children to pre-school.

House Speaker Brian Bosma said in a statement that he looks forward to working with Ritz to do what is best for students.

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma released a statement on Ritz Inauguration, "I congratulate Superintendent Glenda Ritz on her inauguration.  I look forward to working with Superintendent Ritz in doing what is best for our Hoosier students. Indiana has made great progress in our education reforms through the past few years. As we continue to see the progress of the reforms we have implemented, the House will work with the Ritz Administration in determining the best way to address the continued educational needs of our students and make sure that they are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. I wish her all the best in her new role."

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