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Pence sees no rebuke in education chief's loss


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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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