INDIANAPOLIS—Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement Wednesday regarding the State Board of Education’s resolution concerning the Indiana Department of Education’s flexibility waiver application.

“It is extremely disappointing and concerning that rather than working with the Superintendent, the Center for Education and Career Innovation and State Board of Education choose to put themselves at odds with her.

“It was exactly this kind of counter-productive competition for control of public education policy that I feared would occur when the governor announced the formation of his shadow education agency last year.

“Rather than supporting Superintendent Ritz’s attempts to receive federal approval of Indiana’s flexibility waiver submission, this action seems to take a combative, uncooperative tone, which I understand may actually threaten our state’s chances.

“Now is not the time for divisive action. Rather, it is time for the administration and the board to ask how it can assist in gaining the approval of our state’s waiver so that public education funding, and indeed the education of our children, are not placed in jeopardy.”

Sen. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 includes the portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and portions of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit .