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Indiana Board of Education May Undergo Makeover

The Indiana Board of Education meeting on Thursday could be its last one before it undergoes a significant makeover.

A bill approved last week by state legislators takes away two of Republican Gov. Mike Pence's appointments to the board, which has faced numerous disputes with Democratic state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz.

Pence would be able to appoint eight people to the board, with the leaders of the Indiana House and Senate making one appointment each.

Ritz will remain chairwoman of the board after Republican lawmakers delayed a change to allow the board to elect any member as it leader until 2017, following the next election for state superintendent.

The appointment changes would take effect June 1.

Pence hasn't yet taken action on the bill.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.