The recurrence of unsupported accusations by Ritz must stop. She routinely casts aspersions against her fellow board members. These include allegations of secret meetings, violations of open door law and her most recent claim of an “improper” motion that involved a board resolution I drafted to evaluate Common Core standards that she would later characterize as “illegal.”
Not surprisingly, her accusations are unsupported and fail to pass tests of legal scrutiny. In fact, an attorney general legal advisory opinion requested by the superintendent affirmed the legality and appropriateness of the very resolution she claimed to be improper and illegal.
Perhaps of greater concern than unsupported claims is the absence of leadership as chair of the state board. Completion of tasks such as the evaluation and adoption of standards, state assessment development, issuance of school letter grades and revisions to Indiana’s A-F accountability system have been compromised by the lack of adherence to established meeting procedures and basic meeting rules that govern decorum.
As an elected leader, Ritz has the opportunity and the obligation to cultivate harmonious relationships that contribute to the responsible governance of Indiana’s K-12 education system. Leadership efforts to develop greater collegiality and cooperation would be most welcomed.
Brad Oliver, state board of education, 6th Congressional District