Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 16, 2013

Ind. schools chief happy with Pence's labor order

The Associated Press

Indianapolis — Indiana's top schools official says she approves of Gov. Mike Pence's decision to shift some of her office's responsibilities to a labor relations board.

On his first day in office, the Republican governor signed an executive order directing the board that oversees teacher contract negotiations to report to his office. His move came two years after then-Gov. Mitch Daniels gave that authority to the state schools superintendent's office.

Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz tells WISH-TV she opposed Daniels making that shift and is glad Pence signed the executive order changing that.

Ritz says the labor relations board is "going to operate as a separate entity, as it should." She says Pence's executive order will give the board a fair and objective view of school contract disputes.