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Gov. Daniels: Teachers Used 'Illegal' Tactics To Unseat Bennett & Elect Ritz

Gov. Mitch Daniels claimed teachers used their public school e-mail accounts to send messages advocating for the ouster of Republican state superintendent Tony Bennett, The Indianapolis Star’s Washington D.C. bureau reports. A spokesperson for state superintendent-elect Glenda Ritz says the Democrat’s campaign urged teachers to use their personal e-mail accounts when rallying support.

State GOP spokesperson Pete Seat says the party “received copies of emails about the election that were sent by teachers from school accounts.” But the president of the state’s largest union told The Star Daniels’ statements amount to “sour grapes.”


“‘If you’re a fan of anything-goes politics, it was a creative use of illegal — but still creative use — of public resources,’ Daniels said Wednesday at a Washington, D.C., meeting of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a group led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. ‘We got emails sent out on school time by people who were supposed to be teaching someone at the time, all about Tony Bennett. We have parents who went to back to school night to find out how little Jebbie is doing and instead they got a diatribe about the upcoming election.’”

Read more at: www.indystar.com

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