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

Photos by Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

State superintendent candidate Glenda Ritz and incumbent Tony Bennett.

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 from 7-8 p.m. There will be no studio audience. 

The campaigns, NIPR and IPFW’s Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics scheduled the debate to occur two days after Bennett and Ritz both appear in a candidate forum in Crawfordsville.

The organizers of the Fort Wayne radio debate have yet to select a moderator.

The debate should provide a clear contrast between the two candidates as both are practically diametrically opposed on almost every key issue — A-F grading, school choice, standardized testing and teacher evaluations.

Tickets for the Crawfordsville forum featuring Bennett, the Republican, and Ritz, the Democrat, were picked up “in record time,” according to the League of Women Voters website. But video will be streamed online from the Ball Theater at Wabash College on October 24 at 5:30 p.m.

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