The Indiana State Board of Education will meet today to take up key issues involving additional testing and a resolution regarding the state's No Child Left Behind waiver request. An update on the state's pilot pre-kintergarten program is also on the schedule. You can view the NCLB-related resolution by clicking here.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz issued a statement saying, if approved, the resolution would “place our waiver in serious jeopardy.”

The full agenda planned for Wednesday is available by clicking here.

July 9, 2014

Statement From Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 8, 2014) – Tomorrow, the Indiana State Board of Education is scheduled to consider several resolutions, including one regarding Indiana's waiver from certain aspects of No Child Left Behind. Specifically, one resolution unfairly calls into question the steps the Department of Education took in submitting its waiver application.

In response to this resolution, Superintendent Ritz issued the statement below.

“I have said from the start that I am a strong proponent of renewing and extending our waiver. Unfortunately, the Governor-appointed State Board of Education and his separate education staff appear determined to undermine our work.

“Let me be clear. If passed, this resolution will place our waiver in serious jeopardy. This resolution unfairly questions the honesty and capacity of my administration to implement the waiver and may result in ramifications from Washington.

“I am fully committed to implementing our waiver. Both the Governor and our legislative leaders have said that they fully support our waiver extension. Based in part on this support, the Department of Education spent countless hours preparing and submitting our waiver application.

“The Board has made it clear that they will not listen to me or the Department. I have asked that the Governor remove this resolution from consideration tomorrow before our schools and students suffer the consequences.”

Sources: The Office of Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz and The State Board of Education

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