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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Common Core Opponent Is Upset Victor

Indiana is a very Republican state, and the Indiana superintendent of public instruction, named Tony Bennett, was a Republican running for re-election last November 6th. Bennett is well known nationally and was running as part of the Indiana Republican statewide ticket. In what people called a stunning upset, he was defeated by Democrat Glenda Ritz. Her victory was in spite of the fact that the incumbent Bennett spent $1.3 million, and she spent only $327,000. So, how did she do it?

Bennett got on the wrong side, and Glenda Ritz was on the right side, of an important education issue that people, especially parents, really care about-- the issue of whether we are going to let the Obama Administration force national curriculum standards on all public school children. Bennett is the chairman of Chiefs for Change, an association supporting the very unpopular CommonCore Standards, and he is affiliated with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education, which is also very controversial.

Bennett's opponent, Glenda Ritz, is a teacher in Indianapolis who was a long-time registered Republican but switched party affiliation to run against Bennett. She set up independent campaign headquarters. Glenda represented the movement of parents and teachers who resent the way the establishment is trying to cram national CommonCore standards down our throats without any "input from parents, or education groups. Glenda ran a grassroots campaign and also was helped out by teachers union participation. One blogger said, "I guess Governor Pence didn't get the message that the people of Indiana want input into their schools and not be told that they are going to do..." Wake up Governor Pence, the people of Indiana want CommonCore standards stopped."

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