Bennett Out as IN Superintendent

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Bennett Out as IN Superintendent
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Wed, 11-07-2012 - 10:05am

I think the Ritz win is a pretty big story for Indiana teachers, students, and parents:  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2012/11/indiana_superintendent.html

Every teacher I know personally in our area is a Ritz supporter.  It will be interesting to see what she can do.  I know she wanted to roll back a lot of policies Bennett put in play, but I don't know if she'll actually be able to do it.  

They're calling the Ritz win an election upset, but I am not at all surprised.  I thought she was going to win based on the support she was getting in our area alone.  Because they're calling it an "upset," it makes me think that Bennett and a lot of the state were really out of touch with parents and teachers.  Is this really an "upset?"

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Fri, 11-09-2012 - 3:39pm
That's the article I mentioned above. They changed the headline for the online version. It's really scary to think about what might be coming for Indiana. Pence clearly doesn't get it, but he has always been in his own little world. I just hope Glenda gets some good education and political advisors to help her handle the opposition effectivey. This will not be easy. Many in the legislature are as nutty as Mourdock, Bennett and Pence. it's about their agenda instead of what is best for the everyone involved.
Sherry
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Fri, 11-09-2012 - 1:52pm

I was just reading this article about Pence's comments: http://www.courierpress.com/news/2012/nov/07/no-headline---pence/

Geez, clearly he's not getting the message from the voters.

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Thu, 11-08-2012 - 11:16am

It's been an elected position for as long as I can remember but the discussion has already started among the Republicans to make it appointed by the governor now that Bennett got booted.  The super before Bennett was reelected several time and did a good job. She was a Republican but worked with mostly Democratic governors. She got tired of fighting her own party once Mitch Daniels was elected and decided not to run again. Bennett was the hand-picked candidate of the Republican political machine and acted as a puppet for a lot of the anti-union, anti-teacher, pro-voucher crowd. As an educaor he had a spotty to horrible record, but no one paid attention to his knowledge or background and he won pretty easily the first time around.

 Like I said, changes and a return to sanity won't come easily. The headline in today's paper was Pence to Ritz: Don't expect to make changes. He says the fact that the legislature was basically reelected indicates a mandate for their actions.  It was pointed out in the article that Ritz got more votes statewide than Pence. Hmmmm.

Anyway, she has her work cut out for her. At least the fact that she won indicates that parents and the community are waking up to the fact that there is a major problem with the current policies and trends. We can only hope some of the politicians will get the message.

 

Sherry
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Wed, 11-07-2012 - 11:06pm
Yay for the fellow LMS. I am surprised that Indiana's superintendent of education is an elected position. In neither of the two states that I have worked in (CT & NY) is that the case. They have commissioners of education and they are appointed positions. In NY the commissioner is appointed by the Board of Regents and in CT, the commissioner is appointed by the governor. In NY the commissioner is a former teacher but, that state is still seeing all the types of education "reform" and teacher evaluation "reform" that we've lamented here. DH is a school administrator in NYS so I hear all about it. In CT where we live, our commissioner is a non-teacher who founded a charter school, among other things. Ditto on the reform issues. Sometimes all this reform feels like a runaway train that can't be stopped. I'd be interested to see if an educator in this position makes any sort of difference.
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Wed, 11-07-2012 - 5:02pm

I just got home and logged on to start a thread about this one.  I am amazed that Glenda won. Not because she wasn't the best candidate, she was by far the better of the two, but because she had no funding and didn't even run a TV spot until a couple of weeks ago.  Bennett had a million plus and loads of outside help from political special interest groups. I had only seen a few Ritz yard signs and no billboard at all. Everyone knew Indiana was going red and supporting a lot of the far right politicians who hate education. Luckily Mourdock, the US Senate candidate who wanted to end the US Dept of Ed, self-destructed, but he and Pence have a lot in common.

Guili, are you listening?  Our new Superintendent of Public Instruction is a hard working, national board certified library media specialist!!!!

As Jen said she had the support of the teachers and parents who get it. She also got the union vote after the Republicans made Indiana a right to work state and stripped teachers, who did not have traditional union rights such as the right to strike, of their ability to negotiate things like curriculum, class size, and other issues that affect the learning environment. Teachers can now only negotiate compensation, period. They also gave us state designed teacher evaluations where 50% of the eval is student performance.

I hope she will try to roll back the ridiculous changes implemented by Bennett, but she faces a super majority in both houses and the same people that voted her in also elected Mike Pence, Mr. Neanderthal, who thinks he speaks for God, and is going to spend his time on social issues and trying to make laws based on his religious beliefs. They also returned a lot of the state reps and senators that supported Bennett's destructive policies Pence and many of the legislature have no respect for anyone other than white Christian men. A woman with power will not easily win support or cooperation simply because Pence and many in the state legislature do not respect teachers, women and their rights or opinions. The legislature is so hung up on their far right conservative power trip that I can't see them listenig to anyone who challenges what they have done and still plan to do.

If I could I'd sign on to her staff immediately. She will need a lot of help to turn this mess around and head us in the right direction.

GO Glenda!!!!

 

Sherry