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Statement of Indiana Department of Education

Friday, November 15, 2013
Daniel Altman
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

INDIANAPOLIS – In response to today’s letter sent by Governor Pence to members of the State Board of Education, Daniel Altman, press secretary for the Indiana Department of Education issued the following statement:

“Superintendent Ritz has previously requested that the Board meet for orientation where some of these issues could have been addressed.  She has said repeatedly that the source of this conflict is not with individual board members, but with the Governor’s newly created education agency.

“If Governor Pence is serious about resolving this issue, he needs to engage with Superintendent Ritz directly rather than through the media.  For the Governor to claim that this can be resolved without his direct involvement shows that he simply has not been listening.

“The Governor and Superintendent Ritz need to speak about this matter before involving any outside parties.  Superintendent Ritz looks forward to working with the Governor to resolve this current issue."