Education cage match unfolding

To say things have been going well between Glenda Ritz, in her first year as the state’s elected superintendent of public instruction, and the rest of the governor-appointed State Board of Education would be a lie.

But things have gone from soap opera to certified mess in recent weeks, including Ritz’s open meetings lawsuit against the state board and her abrupt walkout of the board’s meeting Nov. 13.

The issue: Who is going to shepherd the state’s education policy? In this ongoing saga, it’s a battle between Ritz and what she sees as the one-two punch of the state board and the governor’s newly formed Center for Education and Career Innovation.

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