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Daniels And Pence Vow To Continue Education Reform

Governor Mitch Daniels and Governor-elect Mike Pence have promised to move forward with the education reform Superintendent Tony Bennett put in place.

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Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence speak to reporters Wednesday about their plans in the coming weeks.

Governor Mitch Daniels and Governor-elect Mike Pence say Indiana’s expansive education reforms of the past few years will move forward undeterred, despite Superintendent Tony Bennett’s defeat in Tuesday’s election.

Pence downplayed Wednesday the significance of Democrat Glenda Ritz’s upset victory over Bennett–a blow she struck largely on a platform of rolling back many of Bennett’s policies.

“I believe in our candidacy, in the election of a super majority in the House of Representatives, we have a strong affirmation of the progress on education reform,” he says.

Daniels says he shares Pence’s read of the message voters communicated with Tuesday’s results.

“The consensus and the momentum for reform and change in Indiana is rock solid,” he says. “Not a word of one of those laws is going to be changed unless it’s extended further in the direction of reform.”

Pence says he looks forward to working with Ritz to find areas of common purpose. He says he has not formed an opinion on making the Superintendent of Public Instruction an appointed, rather than an elected position.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Beth White

    It’s like three boys on the playground that got beaten up by the tough girl….his two friends are stepping up to “save face”. Face it guys, Ritz is there now, she has control as well, you are not going to BULLY educators anymore, we now have someone fighting for us. Amazing how much the topic of “anti-bullying” is all throughout the public schools but the ones doing the most, are the ones at the top. Quit acting like my middle school boys, pulled you panties up and learn to communicate with other people!!

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