"For this board to say that they didn’t have input and didn’t have involvement in this process is completely false," Ritz said.
In Wednesday’s meeting Glenda Ritz, State Superintendant, argued with the board over two controversial resolutions. She said, "An attempt to actually bring to bear and question my integrity, my honesty, my department’s capacity to do the work of the waiver and perhaps he think his agency is the agency that should be doing that."
The topic for debate was the state's effort to renew an important waiver from teh federal government that could affect the amount of money your child's school receives. Several teachers were at the meeting to show their support.
Another topic up for discussion Wednesday, a resolution that would strip Ritz from some of her power. Ritz is hoping Governor Mike Pence will intervene with the issue and he said he hopes a compromise can be made between the board and Ritz.
Pence said, "I’m very confident that as they've done, members of the state board and Superintendent will work through any differences they may have so they we'll be able to move forward."
Board members are not happy with the submissions of the waiver from Ritz and feel they were not involved in the process.
Board members weighed in, and Sarah O’Brien said, "The board clearly shared their expectations regarding the waiver submission I don’t think we could have been clearer in our request yet any of them were disregarded."
Gordon Hendry said, "A lot of the board members have serious concern about the waiver submission."