Tony Bennett’s Democratic challenger in his bid for re-election has issued a challenge to the incumbent: hold an education debate in each of Indiana’s nine congressional districts.
Democrat Glenda Ritz went directly from the classroom to the political arena when she decided to take on Bennett. With Ritz far behind in fundraising, she now says wants to debate Bennett across the state, delivering a letter to the headquarters of the Indiana Republican Party asking that Bennett debate her on a wide range of issues.
“High stakes testing. Teacher quality and how that best can be addressed. Teacher licensing. Charter schools. Privatization. Local control. The path on which we’re headed under Tony Bennett is not one that’s beneficial for our students,” Ritz says.
Ritz says she wants the debates to be held at schools to give as many people access to them as possible. No debates are currently scheduled between Bennett and Ritz.
Ross McMullin, Bennett‘s campaign manager, says he received Ritz‘s letter Wednesday afternoon, and says they are “looking at the calendar to see what works.”