(STATEHOUSE) - Indiana's State Board of Education and state school superintendent Glenda Ritz sit down today to try to mend their differences, with an assist from a national group.
National Association of State Boards of Education executive director Kris Amundson says the feuding in Indiana is far from unusual. She says she'll work with Ritz and board members to help them understand their roles in education policy.
Ritz and Governor Pence agreed to ask for NASBE's assistance last week after months of tension between Ritz and the board, including an abortive attempt by Ritz to sue her fellow board members for asking legislative leaders to help compile student accountability data.
Amundson says part of the meeting will be spent paging through the Indiana Code to clarify exactly who's allowed to do what.
She says she's already talked with advisers to Ritz, Pence, and the board, and says she's optimistic about achieving a truce -- she says all sides are committed to working together.
NASBE tries to meet with state boards annually to help them understand the job up front, then think through how they want to handle their multiple tasks as policymakers, education advocates, consensus builders, and liaisons with other agencies.
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