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Glenda Ritz speech to librarians touches on politics

In the wake of her bombshell lawsuit Tuesday against the rest of the Indiana State Board of Education, state Superintendent Glenda Ritz spoke today to the Indiana Library Association. Ritz, a National Board certified teacher, was working as a media specialist in Washington Township last year when she defeated her predecessor, Tony Bennett. The media was kept out of the event, according to tweets from television journalists who tried to attend, but attendees tweeted some of her comments.

Among her statements that were tweeted were a few references to her battle with Republican state lawmakers over control of education policy making in Indiana. Here’s a sample:

Education really IS about politics. – Glenda Ritz. So is librarianship. Know what’s happening in the state! Policy shapes our lives. #ilf13 — Heather (@HeatherLibrary) October 23, 2013

“We’ve not been teaching thinking, we’ve been teaching tests.” -Glenda Ritz #ilf13 — Austin Stroud (@austroud) October 23, 2013