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Rise & Shine: Skeptical judge asks Ritz's lawyers tough questions

The first hearing was held Tuesday on state Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s lawsuit against the Indiana State Board of Education:

  • Judge’s questions whether Ritz has the right to sue. (Chalkbeat)
  • Ritz lawyer says Zoeller shouldn’t have “exclusive power.” (StateImpact)
  • Zoeller’s lawyers say only the attorney general can initiate a lawsuit (NWI)
  • Ritz’s lawyers: Don’t give Zoeller czar-like authority. (WISH-TV)
  • A decision about Ritz’s right to sue should come soon. (The Statehouse File, Journal Gazette, Indy Star)

Tuesday was also Election Day, and not a particularly good one for schools:

  • Muncie’s referendum failed Tuesday. The district could cut busing. (Star Press)
  • South Bend’s referendum, for capital improvements, also failed. (SB Tribune)
  • In fact, only one of four big school tax issues passed, in Goshen. (StateImpact)
  • For a little background, StateImpact told us Tuesday what was at stake in local school elections. (StateImpact)

In other education news from around the state and nation:

  • Editorial: Battling South Bend school board should get back to work (SB Tribune)
  • A teacher’s critique dives into a Common Core lesson (CriticalClassrooms)
  • Denver’s nearly $1 billion education tax goes down in flames (EdNews Colorado)
  • A study in Illinois says dual credit programs benefit rich kids most (Hechinger Report)

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