Chaotic education board raises 'Rules' questions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The escalating fights at the State Board of Education have some wondering why the panel doesn't follow Robert's Rules of Order.

The dry, technical guidebook is a staple of public meetings at all levels of government across the nation. But the State Board of Education follows an alternative set of rules agreed on between Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

Board meetings have become chaotic events lately. Ritz stormed out of a meeting last week after she said a board member proposed an "improper" motion dealing with Common Core standards.

A clear set of rules would not end the power struggle between Pence and Ritz, but it might tamp down some of the wilder moments at each meeting.

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