Rally in support of Glenda Ritz planned for Monday afternoon

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Indianapolis, Ind. (February 16, 2015) — Parents and teachers are planning to rally at the statehouse on Monday in support of State Superintendent Glenda Ritz.

“Well parents and teachers both feel very demoralized by all that’s going on with the General Assembly for these last six or so years,” said Joel Hand, a lobbyist for the Indiana Coalition for Public Education. “I think that they feel very much like they’re under attack. And we want to make sure that we give them the opportunity to have their voice heard by the legislators who will make these decisions.”

Many plan to wear “red for ed” when they head to the statehouse. A Facebook group for the rally has more than 490 people stating they will attend.

“We want people to respect the will of 1.3 million voters who elected the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. We’d like to see that role honored,” said Marilyn Shank, a member of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education.

Monday is also the earliest day that state leaders could submit a plan to the legislature to shorten the ISTEP test, as promised. The test was set to be as long as 12 hours before changes were announced on Friday.

“The high stakes testing is just one symptom of what’s going on,” said Merry Juerling from Opt Out National.

Monday’s rally starts at 2 p.m. inside the North Atrium at the Indiana Statehouse on 200 W. Washington Street.

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