Governor Mitch Daniels and Governor-elect Mike Pence say Indiana’s expansive education reforms of the past few years will move forward undeterred, despite Superintendent Tony Bennett’s defeat in Tuesday’s election.
Pence downplayed Wednesday the significance of Democrat Glenda Ritz’s upset victory over Bennett–a blow she struck largely on a platform of rolling back many of Bennett’s policies.
“I believe 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,” he says.
Daniels says he shares Pence’s read of the message voters communicated with Tuesday’s results.
“The consensus and the momentum for reform and change in Indiana is rock solid,” he says. “Not a word of one of those laws is going to be changed unless it’s extended further in the direction of reform.”
Pence says he looks forward to working with Ritz to find areas of common purpose. He says he has not formed an opinion on making the Superintendent of Public Instruction an appointed, rather than an elected position.