Ritz responds to bill that would strip most of her power

Glenda Ritz, Indiana superintendent of public instruction

A proposal awaiting action in the Statehouse could shift control away from Glenda Ritz.

The bill would allow the State Board of Education to choose its own leader - a position Ritz currently holds.

Indiana's elected schools superintendent said the measure is nothing more than a political attack.

"It has been over a hundred years in which the Superintendent of Public Instruction has been the chair of the State Board of Education. It's a political move, pure and simple, so, I'm going to continue to be opposed to it, and we'll see what happens in the end with that bill," said Ritz.

The bill passed through committee last week and is now up for a vote in the full House.