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Indiana Education Election Results 2012

Background

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:

Governor

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.”

Referendums

  • 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

Glenda Ritz Unseats Tony Bennett In 'Referendum' On Indiana Education Policy

Democrat Glenda Ritz came from behind to unseat GOP incumbent Tony Bennett as Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction in the biggest upset of Tuesday’s statewide election. Bennett conceded around 10:30 p.m. ET in Indianapolis. In toppling Bennett — a favorite of national supporters of expanding school choice and accountability — Ritz becomes the first Democrat elected the [...]

As Polls Close, Ritz Expresses Confidence & Many Voters Still Waiting

Indiana polls have closed and the waiting now begins for the state’s candidates vying to win the office of Superintendent for Public Instruction. We have yet to see incumbent Republican Tony Bennett from our post in the end zone of Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Indiana GOP is holding its election night rally. Earlier this [...]

How A Columbus Preschool Program Hopes To Become A Model For The State

Gov. Mike Pence would like to see more public-private partnerships like the one in Columbus fund pre-K programs.

Whether Indiana should pay for preschool has become a key issue in the 2012 gubernatorial campaign. Republican Mike Pence says the state should build on existing community programs. Democrat John Gregg wants to start a state-funded pilot program to expand access to early education. But a Columbus-area group thinks it has an idea that combines [...]

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