Statehouse rally planned for Ritz

Many voters are still outraged with the fact that the statehouse is trying to reduce the power of the State Superintendent of Education, Glenda Ritz, and giving that power to the State Board members.

House Bill 1609 passed the House this week by a vote of 58-40. The bill effectively strips Ritz of being in charge of the state board of education and makes that position an appointed position. Ritz received more than 1.3 million votes in the 2012 election, approximately 100,000 more votes than Governor Mike Pence received in the same election.

The bill now moves to the Senate. If passed, Ritz could lose her elected power by July 1.

With so many people outraged by this decision, a rally has been planned on February 16 at 2 p.m. at the North Atrium of the Statehouse. The rally wants to not only stop the Senate from taking her power but also stop the ongoing attacks on public education.

Every superintendent since 1913 has had the same power and now they want to take Ritz powers away. Many people that are against this are encouraging everyone to join the rally and stop the injustice.