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McCormick, Ritz, Reed To Discuss Future Of Public Education

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick and predecessor Glenda Ritz. (Credit: Photos provided.)

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick and predecessor Glenda Ritz. (Credit: Photos provided.)

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick and two of her predecessors from both political parties will come together Saturday for a public forum on education.

The panel discussion Saturday in Indianapolis tackles a broad topic: “the future of Indiana public education in an era of privatization, declining budgets and increasing expectations”

State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick will be joined by Glenda Ritz and Suellen Reed.

Ritz, a Democrat, was superintendent for a term marked by political infighting with Republicans lawmakers and former Governor Mike Pence. McCormick, a Republican, beat Ritz in the 2016 election.

Reed, also a Republican, was Indiana school chief for 21 years until 2009.Reed, also a Republican, was Indiana school chief from 1992 to 2009.

The discussion – which will likely include issues like school funding and private school vouchers —  is hosted by the Indiana Coalition for Public Education.

The forum is 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Dean Evans Center in Indianapolis. Details on how to RSVP are at



  • lastcamp2

    The presentation should be title, “The Lonesome Death of Public Education.”
    Public education was an early bastion of democracy, and stands to be among the last.
    If you don’t realize that Reed, McCormick, and their allies are set on making education a profitable venture for rich corporations, the snooze alarm button on your clock must be stuck.
    “They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests…They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly (lousy) jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the
    reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that
    disappears the minute you go to collect it,” – George Carlin

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