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Pence sees no rebuke in education chief's loss


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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, right, congratulates and Governor-elect Mike Pence following a news conference at the Statehouse Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, right, congratulates and Governor-elect Mike Pence following a news conference at the Statehouse Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana Governor-elect Mike Pence speaks at a news conference at the Statehouse Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Indianapolis. Gov. Mitch Daniels, right, Lt. Gov.--elect Sue Ellspermann, left, and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman listen as Pence speaks. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indiana Governor-elect Mike Pence speaks at a news conference at the Statehouse Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Indianapolis. Gov. Mitch Daniels, right, Lt. Gov.--elect Sue Ellspermann, left, and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman listen as Pence speaks. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana Governor elect Mike Pence, second from right, speaks at a news conference at the Statehouse Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Indianapolis. Gov. Mitch Daniels, right, Lt. Gov. elect Sue Ellspermann, left, and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman listen as Pence speaks. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indiana Governor elect Mike Pence, second from right, speaks at a news conference at the Statehouse Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Indianapolis. Gov. Mitch Daniels, right, Lt. Gov. elect Sue Ellspermann, left, and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman listen as Pence speaks. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


Governor-elect Mike Pence says he believes Indiana voters have endorsed a conservative education agenda by cementing Republican control of the Legislature even though they ousted the state education chief who pushed the education overhaul.

Pence said Wednesday he'll try to work with Democrat superintendent-elect Glenda Ritz, but when it comes to state education policy, the buck stops at the governor's desk.

Ritz has promised to roll back superintendent Tony Bennett's agenda, which includes a private school voucher program and linking teachers' pay to student test scores.

Gov. Mitch Daniels says that in most other states, the governor appoints the state education chief.

Pence says he has no opinion on whether the education job should be elected or appointed, but both parties have favored a change in the past.

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