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Education overlap cutting out Ritz

Imagine the surprise to learn that Gov. Mike Pence established yet another education agency that seems to duplicate the tasks assigned to other government councils, roundtables, commissions or departments that focus on education. There are now seven agencies to focus on education, three of which are new in this past year.

As a taxpayer and retired educator I have to ask, why so many? When asked about the new Center for Education and Career Innovation, Anne Davis, the new state Board of Education director, explained that the center would be the hub to coordinate and focus the work of the other groups. Why do we need another “hub” when we have the Department of Education with an elected superintendent? The other groups are appointed positions.

Indiana citizens should take notice, be concerned and demand better use of our tax dollars. We should insist on more transparent leadership and policy for the education of our children. We should let our elected superintendent, Glenda Ritz, do her job.

LUCY HESS Fort Wayne

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