Shifts of school policy authority from Ritz signed by Pence



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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Measures that shift authority over Indiana's standardized testing and other education policy matters from Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz have been signed into law by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

GOP lawmakers pushed through the changes during this year's legislative session but delayed until 2017 a change in state law allowing the board dominated by Pence appointees to replace Ritz as its leader.

The actions were included in the state budget plan and a separate bill that Pence signed Thursday.

The changes also take away two of Pence's 10 appointments to the board, giving one appointment each to the Indiana House and Senate leaders.

Republicans say the charges clarify control of education policy, while Democrats maintain it undermines the will of voters who elected Ritz in 2012.

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