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Indiana Education Election Results 2012


Welcome to our 2012 election hub, where we’re following key races and referendums that will shape education policy in Indiana. Here’s what you need to know about the November ballot:


Republican Mike Pence defeated Democrat John Gregg in a race run primarily on jobs and the economy. Pence’s education platform focused on access to vocational education. He says employers are having trouble hiring workers with the necessary training. He’d like to see partnerships develop between local schools and nearby businesses. Pence has also called for community solutions when it comes to early childhood education. He’s in favor of school choice, merit pay and high stakes testing, all policies the current Republican administration supports. Read our one-on-one interview with Mike Pence here.

State Superintendent

In what she called a “referendum” on four years of education overhaul, Democrat Glenda Ritz defeated incumbent GOP Tony Bennett, who spent his first term advancing the education priorities of Mitch Daniels’ administration. Ritz campaigned hard against many of Bennett’s key policies, including high stakes reading exams for third graders and the state’s A-F grading scale. A library media specialist in Indianapolis’ Washington Township, Ritz had the support of the Indiana State Teachers Association. In a race decided on the question of whether Indiana has pushed for too much change too fast, voters said “yes.”


  • Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation voters rejected a 5-cent tax increase per $100 of assessed valuation to pay for early childhood education programs.
  • Hamilton Community School Corporation voters approved an additional 44 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to make up for a shortfall in state funding. Superintendent Jon Willman says the district would have sought to consolidate with another school corporation had the referendum failed.
  • Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation voters rejected a tax increase of 8.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The district had to take out a loan from the state’s rainy day fund this year. A proposal to raise taxes 12.33 cents failed in 2010.

Latest Posts

The Most Interesting Thing In The AP’s Latest Education Email Story

A logo for Republican Tony Bennett's campaign displayed on a scoreboard at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Indiana GOP held its Election Night watch party. Bennett, the incumbent, is running against Democrat Glenda Ritz for the state superintendent's office.

“Appointed state superintendent.” That’s the eighth bullet point on a draft of Tony Bennett’s nine-point 2011 legislative wish-list — part of an email string the Associated Press published over the weekend. All of these bullet points ended up in a piece of legislation in the General Assembly. Most of these wish list items, from school choice […]

Journal Gazette Publishes Bennett Emails Showing His 'Dislike' Of Ritz

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“Hey,” former state superintendent Tony Bennett wrote to his staff in one of the emails the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette published Thursday. “Below is a link to Glenda [Ritz's] forum in Bloomington,” Bennett, a Republican, wrote. “I would ask that people watch this and scrub it for every inaccuracy and utterance of stupidly [sic] that comes put […]

Mailbag: Your Thoughts On Glenda Ritz's Defeat Of Tony Bennett


Our comments section has been buzzing after Glenda Ritz’s electoral victory over state superintendent Tony Bennett. We decided to highlight some of the most compelling comments here in the latest installment of our occasional series, Mailbag. From INDIANAREPUBLICAN: I guess Pence didn’t get the message that the people of Indiana want input into their schools and not be told […]

Pence: Tony Bennett May Have Lost, But Education Overhaul Won't Be Undone

Governor-elect Mike Pence and Gov. Mitch Daniels address the media to discuss their transition plans. Pence and Daniels promised a steady hand on the till on education policy, despite state superintendent Tony Bennett's electoral defeat.

After state superintendent Tony Bennett’s election night defeat sent shockwaves through the school policy world, Governor-elect Mike Pence says the education policies Bennett championed aren’t going anywhere. “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,” Pence said Wednesday, […]

Map: How Tony Bennett Lost Indiana


How was Glenda Ritz able to pull of an improbable upset for state superintendent? Tony Bennett’s support eroded in some key counties.

Ousted Indiana Education Chief Tony Bennett: 'We Were Right On The Issues'

In a stunning turn, GOP state superintendent Tony Bennett conceded Tuesday’s election to his Democratic challenger Glenda Ritz, standing firm in his support of policies that significantly altered Indiana’s education landscape during his term. “It’s been a great honor to serve you. It’s been a great honor to serve your children,” he said in his […]

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