Statement as issued Wednesday by John C. Zody, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party:
“Today’s State Board of Education meeting was nothing more than a parade of politics carried out under direct orders from Governor Pence. It is no secret to anyone that from the start, the governor has been after Glenda Ritz’s job and has gone to great lengths to get it. He created a new state agency with a $14 million budget to do work already being done by the Department of Education. Now today, resolutions passed with a majority vote of Board members appointed by Pence seeks to take away duties from our elected Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction and undermine and question the state’s education waiver.
This is sheer politics, and Governor Pence should step out from behind the curtain and start putting Hoosier children first instead of holding on to Tony Bennett’s sour grapes. Glenda Ritz was elected to do a job with a clear mandate, and he should respect the choice Hoosiers made and let her do it.
Every Hoosier who supports Glenda Ritz should read this news carefully and understand that without more Democrats in office, Governor Pence will continue to dismantle education policy and use it for his own political gain. That is clear from today’s meeting, and it should be a call to action.”