Monday, November 26, 2012

Ritz Can Refocus Education Reform Without Republican Legislature

Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction feels her office has the ability to act without approval from the Republican-dominated legislature. "I believe there's policy and implementation that goes in a different direction from what we're doing now," Ritz told the Times of Munster. Though she can't, for example, reverse the vouchers program, she plans to direct the Department of Education to do a better job supporting local schools instead of just telling them what to do: "We're going to be doing quite a different approach, a real, real bottom-up approach in providing professional development, resources and any type of support that might be needed." She also plans "to be working with the community to make plans and put in motion action that will actually address the challenges." You can read the Munster times article here.