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New superintendent weighs in

State Superintendent-elect Glenda Ritz was the guest on today's edition of Midday Matters, the weekly news review segment hosted by Northeast Indiana Public Radio. You can catch the podcast here.

Ritz addressed that question she can't seem to get away from: Just how much authority will you have, given the Republican super-majority in the General Assembly? Far more than many are suggesting, it seems.

Callers had questions about the punitive A-F grades for schools, the Education Roundtable, home-schooling regulations, the school voucher lawsuit, Common Core curriculum, charter schools and more.

It's worth a listen.

Karen Francisco, editorial page editor for The Journal Gazette, has been an Indiana journalist since 1981. She writes frequently about education for The Journal Gazette opinion pages and here, where she looks at the business, politics and science of learning as it relates to northeast Indiana, the state and the nation. She can be reached at 260-461-8206 or by e-mail at