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Blacketor leaving school board, other terms up

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By Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An eight-year veteran of the Indiana Board of Education is leaving at the end of her term this month.

Jo Blacketor told The South Bend Tribune Wednesday that she will not ask Gov. Mike Pence to be reappointed to the board. Blacketor is one of five members whose terms expire at the end of this month.

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The Republican governor appoints 10 members of the state school board. Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz chairs the policy-making panel. Republican lawmakers backed off efforts earlier this year to dilute her position on the board.

Blacketor says she plans to continue pushing for school vouchers and other education changes as the leader of a group called Indiana Parents for Education.

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