“For example, let’s take a kid who’s really interested in clay and wants to be a potter. He’s dead set on doing that. We should work with that kid to be an entrepreneur and see that he needs math, Web design and business classes.”
She added, “I hope we’re going to get to the point where we have growth-level assessments .... I want all kids to be working at their level and going where they need to be.”
Ritz was questioned about her progress at the state level. She stressed, “I thought things were going along as well as they could until the governor formed his new agency,” the Center for Education and Career Innovation. “It’s an agency overseeing my agency, and it is interfering with my relationship with the board .... We’re spending tax dollars duplicating services.
“He (Gov. Mike Pence) says the CECI staff is going to oversee the standards review, but in statute, they can’t. I won’t have us violating law to conduct business.”
In closing, the superintendent emphasized, “You need to be talking about education everywhere. Talk to anybody and everybody .... Imagine the possibilities and make them happen!”
Diane Raver can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.