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November 13, 2013

Dispute sends Ind. education board into chaos

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A meeting of Indiana's State Board of Education has erupted into chaos, with state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly announcing an adjournment and walking out.

That happened during a discussion on a proposal to shift oversight of career readiness programs to an agency controlled by Gov. Mike Pence.

Other board members appointed by the governor remained in the meeting room. A Pence administration lawyer said she would ask the attorney general's office whether they could take action without Ritz, who is the board's chairwoman.

The latest rift came shortly after the board approved a new outline for the state's A-F school grades.

Ritz on Tuesday accused Pence of trying for a "complete takeover" of state education policy. But a Pence spokeswoman says he's been working in good faith with Ritz.

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