A Message from Superintendent Ritz
In 2012, I was serving as the Library Media Specialist at Crooked Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis. A third-grade student walked into the library, and I asked her if she would like to check out a book. She replied, “Mrs. Ritz, I don’t need to check out a book, because I just passed my iRead3 test.” I thought to myself, “What are we doing to these kids? They think the only purpose of reading is to pass a test.”
That’s when I decided to run for Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction.
I had never run for office before; I am an educator, not a politician. But federal and state politics had entered our schools pushing high stakes testing, demeaning the teaching profession, privatizing public schools through state takeover, and worsening the fight for funding and resources. I could no longer stand by and let out-of-state special interest groups and the political “reform” agenda continue to harm our students, educators, schools, and communities.
When I was elected Indiana’s 43rd Superintendent of Public Instruction, I created a grassroots outreach program at the Department of Education to work with every school principal in Indiana. As a result, we have transformed 193 schools from low-performing to high-performing, affecting over 108,000 students. Our nationally-recognized Safety Academy trained over 1700 new safety officers to better protect our students. We worked with Democrats and Republicans to get rid of the pass/fail ISTEP test and we have a plan to bring high-quality Preschool to every parent and child who wants it by 2020.
I look forward to continuing to serve as your Superintendent. If you haven’t done so already, please join my student-centered campaign by signing up today.
Glenda Ritz, NBCT
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
About Superintendent Ritz
A lifelong Hoosier from Lafayette, Indiana, Glenda Ritz was the first person in her family to go to college. She has two master’s degrees from Ball State University and IUPUI with licenses to teach special education, general education and library science.
Glenda Ritz is one of only 169 National Board Certified Teachers in Indiana, with education experience at the local, state and national level. During her 34 years teaching in a classroom, she was twice awarded the honor of Teacher of the Year at two different schools and also received the IPALCO Golden Apple Award.
She and her husband, Gary, have been married since 1977 and have two sons and six grandchildren.