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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

Bennett, Ritz Will Debate On Live Radio On Oct. 26

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For the second time in a week, the candidates for Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction will be in the same place to talk education policy — this time, for a debate on live radio. Tony Bennett and Glenda Ritz will debate in the studios of Northeast Indiana Public Radio in Fort Wayne on October 26 […]

Endorsing Glenda Ritz, Journal Gazette Offers Critique Of Tony Bennett's Policies

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, left, is running for reelection against Democrat Glenda Ritz.

If the state superintendent’s race will be decided on a question of whether incumbent Tony Bennett‘s education policies push too far too fast, here’s how the editorial board of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette answered in its endorsement of his challenger, Glenda Ritz: Indiana enjoyed almost 24 years of steady, collaborative effort to improve public education […]

Candidates For Indiana Governor Debate College Costs & Completion

“I think we need to have a serious discussion about a freeze on tuition” at the state’s public colleges, Democrat John Gregg said during Wednesday’s debate between Indiana’s gubernatorial candidates. Gregg, Republican opponent Mike Pence and Libertarian Rupert Boneham all agreed students’ college costs must be curbed during the debate, broadcast statewide on television and […]

State Superintendent Candidate Debate Set For Oct. 24

The two candidates for Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction will debate less than two weeks before voters decide which of them will win the state’s top elected education post. GOP incumbent Tony Bennett will debate Democratic challenger Glenda Ritz on October 24 at Wabash College’s Ball Theater, according to both the Ritz campaign and the League […]

Here's What To Listen For During Wednesday's Presidential Debate

Emily Richmond has a list of buzzwords on the The Educated Reporter blog we might listen for during the first presidential debate in Denver tonight. It’s inevitable that education will come up, she writes, but don’t count on a long discussion: That’s not because the candidates don’t have anything to say on the issue, or that they don’t […]

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