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Ritz endorsed

The Indiana Political Action Committee for Education of the Indiana State Teachers Association has recommended Glenda Ritz, an Indianapolis educator, for the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the November general election.

Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett is the incumbent and frontrunner.

Ritz, a teacher and media specialist at Crooked Creek Elementary School in Marion County's Washington Township schools, serves on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, holds two master's degrees and is licensed to teach elementary, middle and high school general education, special education and library science.

"I am pleased that after interviewing candidates, members of our political action committee recognize that Glenda Ritz is the right choice for public education and for public educators at this time," said Nate Schnellenberger, ISTA president. "She has proven herself as a leader who is eager to return educator input into decision-and-policymaking at the state level."

Ritz is vying to be the Democratic candidate for the office against Justin Oakley.

The party's nominee will be selected at the State Democratic Convention in Fort Wayne on June 15 and 16.